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Ubuntu Explorer Journeys: Brazil 2011

Connecting women to women for a faith and mission opportunity

Violence against women, children and youth is a major concern of the Methodist Women in Brazil. Sonia do Nascimento Palmeira, the president of the Confederation of Methodist Women in Brazil, reflected:

Trip Details

Trip dates: September 18 – 30, 2011
Length: 13 days
Location:    São Paulo and Fortaleza
Costs:          $3,000/person*
(final costs depends on airline prices)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Group transportation
  • Meals
  • Lodging

Travel method:          Air
Group size:                10
Sign-up deadline:      May 31, 2011

For more information or to request an application, contact IMCWD@gbgm-umc.org or call (212) 870-3719.

*Brazilian visa and immunizations are not included in the above cost.

The last decade, we have done tremendous work on raising consciousness about women's real life. We listened closely to their suffering and uncovered the situation of poverty, racism and domestic violence. We joined efforts to create a safe space in our meetings so our sisters could share their pain and break up the silence. We realized that violence has so many faces, and we need to address each one of them!

According to a National Household Sample Survey compiled by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, more than one million women were reported to have suffered violence in Brazil in 2009. Twenty-five percent of these women indicated that the violence they experienced was inflicted by people close to them, either by a present or former partner. Another form of violence against women that has emerged is the global issue of human trafficking. The U.S. State Department’s 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report places Brazil as a source country for trafficked persons both within the country's boarders and to other countries, including the United States. Almerinda Frota, president of the Methodist Women Federation in the Northeast Conference in Brazil, stated:

I never had stopped to think about human trafficking before I participated in the Seminar to Prevent and Combat Trafficking in Person organized by the Institute of Rights and Citizenship in Fortaleza, last year. I couldn't believe that people who are dreaming for a better life for their families would end up in a modern form of slavery work. I felt that I could no longer ignore this situation and knew that God is calling us to do something.

The Methodist Women in Brazil are concerned about the vulnerability of women, children and youth to violence, especially domestic violence and human trafficking. The 2011 Brazil Ubuntu Explorer will be a journey in which United Methodist Women from the United States will join in their visioning. It will be, as they say in Brazil, "Methodist Women, Disciples—uniting women to be in action!"

The Ubuntu Explorer Journey will give you an opportunity to:

  • Campaign together with the Brazilian women to raise awareness on all forms of violence against women, youth and children.
  • Understand the root causes of trafficking in persons and how it connects with the United States.
  • Engage in advocacy, service and prevention with women's organizations, ecumenical movements, policymakers, survivors and service providers to strengthen the capacity of local networks to combat human trafficking at a global level.

The Ubuntu Journey will visit the cities of São Paulo (São Paulo, in the southeast of Brazil) and Fortaleza (Ceará, in the northeast of Brazil) during the days of September 18–30, 2011. The Ubuntu Explorers will meet Almerinda and Sonia and will make their commitment stronger! Do you want to join them?

Last Updated: 04/17/2014

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