“From a young age, I saw and experienced domestic violence. In my family, in my neighborhood. Everything is changing little by little, but here there is still a hint of coronelismo [oppression by rural oligarchs of the Northeastern region of Brazil] and male chauvinism. They are women who marry too soon, who become pregnant early, whose husbands who do not allow their wives to work,” she explains. Luzitânia needed to find a way to express herself in this regard. And the way she found it was by writing.
However, even today, at the age of 31, she finds it difficult to describe the events that marked her childhood, or the assault suffered in the middle of the street ten years ago. Soon comes the memory of a torn dress, high-heeled shoes carried in the hand (to run faster). Luzitânia still fears all the violence that deviated her trajectory towards the fight. With a low, choked voice, she avoids pointing out the culprits. "I started to make up stories so that mine would hurt less," she explains. Writing has brought relief.
Empowering: It is the girl's choice
Location: Presidente Tancredo Neves/BA
People directly benefited by the project: 1,691 women.
Empowering: The choice is on the girl”, carried out by the collective named Empowered Girls and Women, has developed training actions aimed at teenagers on the right to female sexual and reproductive health. The methodology adopted included workshops in integrated education in sexuality and creative writing, lectures and rounds of conversations, stimulating female empowerment. It has established and strengthened relationships with numerous organizations, including educational institutions.