Posts tagged poverty
To fully understand the nature of the Brazilian police force today, it is necessary to know about the context in which it was originally created. In 1808, threatened by the impending invasion of Napoleon, the Portuguese royal family took the decision to move to Rio de Janeiro, taking its Court of nearly 15,000 people with it. Rio´s law enforcement until that point had consisted in unarmed watchmen (guardas) chosen by the town council working alongside neighbourhood inspectors (known as quadrilheiros) employed by local judges. More >
In 2003, President Luiz Ignacio “Lula” da Silva launched the Bolsa Família program to promote social progress for impoverished families. This and other programs were implemented in an effort to decrease Brazil’s infamously high inequality. At the time Brazil consistently occupied the first, second or third position as the world’s most unequal country. Incorporating what were previously four distinct programs under the umbrella of the Ministry of Social Development, this social program has become renowned as one of the most successful in reducing poverty rates not only in Brazil but worldwide. Bolsa Família’s wide appraisal led to its expansion in More >
This post is a contribution to Blog Action Day 2013 in which bloggers around the world reflect on this year’s theme, Human Rights.
Last Saturday October 12, the first #OcupaSARAU event was held, along with a Children’s Day party in Morro dos Mineiros, organized by the OccupyALEMÃO collective. The idea of the Sarau, or evening event, was to commemorate Children’s Day by remembering the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child, created in November 1959 and ratified as the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 by representatives from 140 countries, highlighting the principle that states that all children have the right More >
For the original by Jamil Chade in Portuguese in Estado de São Paulo click here.
Pope Francis attacked the strategy of “pacification” used in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, warning that while social inequality is not resolved, “there is no lasting peace.” On Thursday July 25, in the Varginha favela in Rio, he gave one of the most important speeches related to social issues during his pontificate, and urged youth to continue pushing for improvements as a sign of his support for the protesters who have taken to the streets of Brazil since June.
The Pope further added: the greatness of a nation can only More >
At around 11am on Wednesday May 15th, Maria de Conceição, 57, was taking a shower in her wood and corrugated iron home in the Bandeira 1 favela in Del Castilho, North Zone, when she heard her grandchildren screaming “fire!”
“I thought it was a game of theirs, but when I saw my granddaughter with her arms full of documents… I panicked, threw on some clothes and got out,” she recalls, standing in front of the scorched remains of the 180 affected homes. ”The fire was so fast, so fast. The only thing we managed to save were our documents.”
No one knows how More >