Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005
This description of Lara Dee's work was prepared when Lara Dee was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
In the big cities of Brazil, thousands of social outcasts live in grinding poverty in the slums. In a country where traditional “machismo” gender roles still exert a powerful influence, young women, especially, are trapped without any way to get an education, hold a job, or better their situation. Even worse, women’s status as second-class citizens means that many of these women suffer from crippling self-doubt. Lara Dee has partnered with a number of Brazil’s samba schools and transformed them into holistic beauty/salon schools, where these once-hopeless women can get a practical education that can lead to rewarding employment.
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