Location Belo Horizonte, MG
Grantee 2015
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Educomunicação: jovens negras em situação de vulnerabilidade construindo novas ferramentas de comunicação e atuação na web

Economic, social and political empowerment for black youth in Belo Horizonte

According to Sistema de Informações sobre Mortalidade do Ministério da Saúde, there were 52,260 homicides in Brazil in 2010. Young people between 15 and 29 in Brazil account for 53% of all homicide victims, with 70% of them being black. In ten years, the difference between the number of deaths by homicide among young blacks and non-blacks nearly tripled.

The public’s indifference and trivialization surrounding violence against youth, especially blacks, is the principal concern of N’Zinga, a feminist organization that has been fighting against racial and gender discrimination for 30 years. Their project develops education programs and workshops in communications to empower women to combat racism and violence.

With support from BrazilFoundation in 2015, N’Zinga will:

-Train 20 peer educators to work in 20 social movement organizations in Belo Horizonte;
-Promote the economic, social, and political empowerment of young women;
-Train black leaders in communications;
-Encourage women to reflect on the role of media in creating imaginary prejudice.


-20 young black women trained
-20 social movement organizations reached
-160 families benefited in Belo Horizonte



“Free information enables voices that would otherwise be silenced by traditional communication to be heard and make a social impact.” Benilda Regina Paiva de Brito, coordinator for N’Zinga


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