This week in What’s Happening in Brazil, we celebrate International Black Latin-American and Caribbean Women’s Day. The occasion, that is usually observed with marches all over the world, unfortunately, had to be reduced to online events this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. These women are often the most disenfranchised in society, and their struggles are nothing new. Brasil de Fato highlights the life of an historic black female figure in Brazil, Tereza de Benguela.
In our Culture Talk segment, we take a look into the Quilombos, historic rural communities founded by runaway slaves that continue to exist till this day. They are treasure trove of Brazil’s African cultural heritage, and symbols of resistance for countless generations. However, under the Jair Bolsonaro government, like many minority communities, they face a double whammy of problems, resulting from abandonment by Federal authorities, and the rapid spread of covid-19 in the countryside.
Our Story of the Week features the efforts undertaken by the Landless Workers Movement in its encampments and settlements, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within these farming communities. Raising awareness and training field agents in healthcare, the movement is showing great success in combating the pandemic that is ravishing the country.
Finally, as is our tradition on the show, we will share some Brazilian music, and delicious local flavors with you. Enjoy the show!
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Edited by: Ítalo Piva