Aparecida Suely Carneiro
This profile was prepared when Aparecida Suely Carneiro was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
The New Idea
Suely has set up a strategic black women's organization, GELEDES, which intertwines concerns of race and gender, and addresses the particular problems confronted by women of color in Brazil. GELEDES's focus is to take action on health, violence, and legal assistance and to produce data that will support evidence of discrimination against black women.Parallel movements advocating the rights of women and blacks exist, but neither respond to the specific marginalization of black women. GELEDES's aim is to fill this gap.