Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2006
This description of Marli Márcia da Silva's work was prepared when Marli Márcia da Silva was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
Without legally established paternity, 30 percent of Brazil’s children raised by single mothers face lifelong stigma and limited financial means. Marli da Silva promotes the full citizenship and material and affective support of children abandoned by their fathers by supporting single mothers. She is reforming the legal system, changing public perceptions and mobilizing mothers to improve their lives.
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