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Maria (Nina) do Socorro de Magalhães

Ashoka Fellow since May 1996

Brazil
Through community radio stations that focus on gender, the environment and sustainable development issues from women's perspectives, Nina Magalhães is creating new job and life opportunities for rural women in Brazil. Read more

Tetê (Maria Teresa) Leal

Ashoka Fellow since Sep 1999

Brazil
Maria Teresa Romeiro Leal, who works with seamstresses in a Brazilian slum, reveals two realities about business and poverty: first, workshops owned by poor women can compete in the world of haute couture; and second, making quality goods is the best way for poor women to find business partners,... Read more

Jacira Melo

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2005

Brazil
Mass communication plays a key role in cementing cultural beliefs about gender and behaviors that may encourage discrimination. Jacira Melo founded the Instituto Patrícia Galvão to join together media and women’s rights organizations so that they could collaborate on issues of gender discrimination,... Read more

Marli Márcia da Silva

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2006

Brazil
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... Read more
Maria “Zeca” José Rosado Nunes is promoting freedom of choice for Brazilian women concerning their sexuality and reproduction by incorporating religion into the feminist movement. Through Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir (Catholics for the Right to Choose), Zeca is working with Catholic women on... Read more

Emily May

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2014

United States

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Marinalva Santana

Ashoka Fellow since Feb 2014

Brazil
Having secured the legal foundation for the human rights of the LGBT community through judicialization, Marinalva is now reinforcing mainstream support of the LGBT community in public life and at home. Read more

Pierre Foldès

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2015

France
Dr. Pierre Foldes is developing an unprecedented holistic approach in a unique, free and accessible center, to efficiently overcome the issues these women are confronted with – medical, psychological, legal, and social – when they are ready to break the cycle of domestic violence. His solution is... Read more

Baihajar Tualeka

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2015

Indonesia
Lembaga Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Anak is inspired by the intense religious segregation found in Ambon, which results in built up tension between Christians and Muslims. This is accomplished by infusing pluralism into communities using the latest educational modules on tolerance, which are taught... Read more

Laurindo Garcia

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2015

Philippines
Laurindo is creating replicable online communities that enable LGBT and HIV-positive youth to connect and collaborate with community organizations, service providers, government institutions – and one another – to accelerate the movement for gay rights and sexual health in Southeast Asia and beyond.... Read more