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Fernanda Canofre

Journalist, with a master’s degree in History, was born in a crossing land in the southern part of Brazil. While wanders around, uses reporting as an alibi to listen and to tell stories about all types of people, in all types of media.

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Latest posts by Fernanda Canofre

1 April 2016

Documentary Film About Brazil’s First Female Black Deputy Seeks Crowdfunding

The film’s producers launched a crowdsourcing campaign, seeking 6,000 USD to finance the production of 1,000 DVDs, which will be distributed freely in schools, universities, libraries, and cultural centers.

19 January 2016

The Internet Helps an Unknown Brazilian Footballer Beat Messi to Win a FIFA Award

Wendell Lira didn’t have a club to play for when he was nominated for the most beautiful goal of 2015. But thanks to the Internet, he turned things around.

5 January 2016

An Indigenous Toddler Was Murdered in Cold Blood, but Brazil Barely Took Notice

A day before New Year’s Eve, an indigenous woman was breastfeeding her 2-year-old son when a man killed the child. The murder did not get attention in Brazil.

17 December 2015

Do You Know the Story of Brazil's First Black Female Legislator?

More than 80 years ago, Antonieta de Barros became the first black woman elected in Brazil. But she's hardly a household name. One filmmaker has tried to change that.

4 December 2015

Remembering Uruguay's Disappeared Through the Eyes of a Photographer

Juan Urruzola spent 12 years in exile during his country’s dictatorship. He's made it his mission to remember those who were disappeared by the regime through photography.

19 November 2015

Who's Afraid of Simone de Beauvoir? How a National Exam Had Millions of Brazilians Talking About Gender

Feminists celebrated the national university entrance exam as it asked people to write about the persistence of violence against women. It was a sad day for the trolls.

10 June 2015

Using a Needle and Thread, Women Sew the Darker Side of Dam Construction in Brazil

The Movement of People Affected by Dams in Brazil has adopted a needlework technique used during Chile's dictatorship to deal with the abuses women experience around dam construction.

3 June 2015

Football Fans See a Chance for Change in FIFA President Joseph Blatter's Resignation

"Greed prevailed over football’s mission of uniting people, taking down social barriers, waking passions. It is time for us to retake this social mission."

18 May 2015

Meet the Brazilian Congressman Trying to Christianize the Internet, One Domain Name at a Time

Eduardo Cunha, leader of the lower house, spends around $2,600 per year maintaining net domains. Of his 288 addresses, 154 carry the name of Jesus Christ.

12 May 2015

A Brazilian Girl Who Endured Racism at School Was Forced to Apologize to Her Aggressors

After weeks of suffering bullying and racism at school, Lorena decided to tell the school director what was happening. The school decided she was the one that needed to apologize.

6 March 2015

Brazilian University Won't Enroll Guinea-Bissauan Woman, Even Though She Passed All Requirements

A Brazilian institution claims Domingas Mendes doesn't fulfill the criteria to pursue higher education in Brazil as a 'quota student'. Is there a racial issue here?

5 March 2015

#FragaWantsToPost: A Brazilian Activist Has Been Forbidden From Protesting for Two Years

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Ricardo Fraga’s right to protest has been legally suspended for the last 728 days. He cannot post or mention anything about the high-rise construction project that is changing his neighborhood.

18 February 2015

Trolls Target Brazilian Woman After She Shares Her Traumatizing Rape Story on Facebook

Ten years after she was raped, Viviane Teves publicized her struggle to move on. Trolls got a hold of her phone number and began to harass her on WhatsApp.

20 December 2014

Mexican Soap Opera's Gay Couple Thrown Back into the Closet on Brazilian TV

Brazilian SBT channel has cut out scenes and changed dialogue in its rebroadcast of the Mexican telenovela “Sortilegio” in order to hide the romantic relationship between two male characters.

1 October 2014

American Actor Mark Ruffalo Retracts His Viral Endorsement of Brazilian Presidential Hopeful Over Gay Marriage

Marina Silva has learned not to disappoint Mark Ruffalo, who famously played the Hulk in the film "The Avengers," on marriage equality. You wouldn't like him when he's disappointed.

9 September 2014

How a Group of Squatters Convinced Brazilian Authorities to Seize a Vacant Building for Public Housing

Over the years, the building changed owners but remained empty. The National Movement to Fight for Housing has organized various occupations of the building over the years.

9 June 2014

Historic Court Ruling Empowers Brazil to Confront Its Dark Past

Forty-three years after he went missing, five retired military officers will have to answer in court for the torture, disappearance and death of Deputy Rubens Paiva.

2 June 2014

This Brazilian is Using Twitter to Take on Aggressive and Racist Housemaid Employers

In 111 tweets, A Minha Empregada (My Maid) exposes the social prejudice, racism and lack of empathy existing in Brazilian society, especially when it comes to attitude towards domestic workers.

27 May 2014

Driven by Facebook Rumors, Violent Mob Murders Brazilian Woman

A police sketch posted on Facebook and a vicious online rumor ended with the lynching death of a 33-year-old housewife.

Brazilian Colonel Found Dead A Month After Confessing to Torture

Paulo Malhães, a 76 year-old retired officer, was killed at his home in April. In March, he admitted torturing and murdering people during the country’s dark dictatorship period.

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