Jurema Pinto Werneck
Fellow Since 1991
This description of Jurema Pinto Werneck's work was prepared when Jurema Pinto Werneck was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
Jurema Pinto Werneck, a young physician from Rio de Janeiro, is focusing her attention on changing the alarming sterilization rates among Brazilian women, particularly among very poor (and thus primarily black) women. She is also trying to develop a therapeutic system to deal with the physical and psychological aftereffects that are specific to this large group of Brazilians.
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