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São Luís do Maranhão, Brazil

Josilene Brandão da Costa

Joseline is a human rights activist from traditional peoples and communities in Brazil, an ASHOKA social entrepreneur since 2004, a coordinator of the Dan Eji Collective, and a cultural and audiovisual producer. Her work strives to confront the religious and institutional racism that affects traditional peoples, with an emphasis on peripheral black and Afro-religious women.

“Generosity for me is promoting collective well-being.”

- Josilene Brandão da Costa, São Luís do Maranhão, Brazil

Coletivo Dan Eji

My goal is to establish processes that promote the confrontation of religious and institutional racism that affects traditional peoples, with an emphasis on peripheral black and Afro-religious women. Through training activities and the formation of support, communication, and protection networks, promote access to the justice system, in order to acquire the fulfillment of their rights to the exercise of religious freedom and diversity. We can collaborate with the fight against racism through a campaign to promote respect and generosity and the exercise of a culture of peace.