Note: We sincerely apologize for the initial erroneous attribution of authorship on this article. There was some confusion as several reports came in simultaneously.
Unreported in the local press, gang strife has returned to Rocinha. On the night of March 18th a shoot-out occurred between the remaining drug traffickers and Shock troops currently occupying Rocinha. The shoot-out left three traficantes dead, the community scared, and the press silent. Against the advice of residents I decided to spend the nights of the 20th and 21st in Rocinha. What follows is a description of the conflict, as I saw it unfold.
At 9:30pm on the More >
Over the past month I’ve crashed the occasional night on the couch of a friend in Rocinha, as is common among many young foreigners who visit Rio’s favelas not only to research or volunteer, but to socialize. Nothing out of the ordinary, or so it seems. Except, that is, if you ask with whom and where. My friend is foreign and the apartment he is sharing with another ‘gringo’ is part of the PAC housing unit in Rocinha.
CatComm recently surveyed some of the most active women community leaders in our network about womanhood and community leadership to get a sense of women’s voices and knowledge across Rio’s communities. The initial result is this article, first in a series which highlights common threads and shared experiences, sorting out the challenges, strengths, and nuances that womanhood brings to community leadership and community life in general. This Women’s History Month, we are committed to bringing visibility to women’s stories.
Several participants either directly or subtly mentioned communication and conflict mediation as central to their work. “I believe women are more versatile and More >
Original article in Portuguese published here.
Often we hear phrases such as “she graduated, but not from USP (University of São Paulo),” or “she is excellent, but lives far away.” But time teaches us not to be embarrassed of being from the (São Paulo) periphery.
If the periphery had a gender, it certainly would be feminine. Like the heart of a mother, she hugs her children without distinction, whether they’re beautiful or ugly, within or outside of standards.
In the dictionary, the periphery is the region most removed from the center. The term designates only a geographic space, not the worst place in More >
Of all the winds of change blowing through Rio these days, perhaps the strongest gusts are at the backs of those in the real estate industry. Since 2008, average rents on housing have doubled citywide; sales prices have climbed even more sharply; and in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods, such as Gávea, home values have nearly tripled. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine announced that prime office space in More >