Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Course Intersectionality Gender and Race: Collectively and Critically Building Access to Justice and Women's Rights

June 18st, 2019


This course represents the second edition of the course “Strategic action for an intersectional perspective of the Public Defender's Office focusing on gender and race”, held at 24 and 25 June 2016, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC - RJ) , as a result of the partnership between the Women's Rights Commission of the National Association of Public Defenders (ANADEP), Criola, Forum Justice and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro with the support of the Special Commission for the Promotion and Defense of Women's Rights National College of General Public Defenders (CONDEGE) and the State Association of Public Defenders of the State of Rio de Janeiro (ADPERJ).

With the proactive participation of activists, university professors, members of social organizations and movements and public defenders invested in the defense of women's rights in different states of the country, the course represented a significant starting point in the discussion of gender issues of the public defender, both in terms of professional women defenders and in terms of access to justice for women in the provision of defense services.

The main result of the reflection propelled by the course was the creation of the Brazilian Public Defenders ColetivA. Since its inception, ColetivA has made it possible to clarify the debate on the gender status of women defenders and the human rights situation of women, serving as a network with positioning and relevant reflections in the professional landscape in Brazil.


Among the many markers of inequality and oppression that exist, gender and race / ethnicity seem to acquire special relevance. Statistical data produced by national and international bodies reveal that the most vulnerable subjects on the planet are non-white women. They have higher rates of child mortality, are the main victims of domestic and family violence, and have the worst conditions of access to education and health, for example. At the same time, they have increasingly taken the lead in fighting for their rights and gaining greater visibility in their demands, as shown by the movements of black women and indigenous women.

This course aims to discuss the special vulnerability of subjects at the intersections of gender and race / ethnicity, as well as the role of the Public Defender's Office in defending the rights of these groups. We seek to discuss the following questions, among others: How to establish strategies of litigation and political pressure that meet the needs of these groups, respecting the protagonism of the social movement? What kind of agenda should be established for the Public Defender's office? What strategic litigation tools and international human rights standards are available to defend these women? How to build cases for spheres with impact of change in reality?

Venue: Auditorium of the State Public Defender's Office of Roraima

Sebastião Diniz Avenue, 1165, Center, Boa Vista, Roraima


26 July

10h-12h. Gender and Race Intersectionality and Access to Justice: Contributions and Concepts


Carolina Pires (PUC - RJ)

Ana Carolina Mattoso (PUC - RJ)

Marcia Nina Bernardes (PUC - RJ)

Élida Lauris (FJ)

14h-16h. Discussing human rights implementation strategies from a gender and race perspective


Lívia Cásseres (DP-RJ) - National Strategic Litigation Cases (Lívia Casseres)

Aryadne Bittencourt (UNHCR) - Status of refugees by international standards - to be confirmed

Thaís Detoni (Cejil) - International Standards on Gender Violence

Joenia Wapichana (Federal Deputy) - Situation of indigenous women

16h30-18h30. Experiences and experiences of access to rights from the perspective of black women


Mariah Rafaela Cordeiro Gonzaga da Silva (Transform Institute)

Clatia Vieira (State Forum of Black Women RJ)

Lia Manso (Creole)