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Black Awareness Day falls on November 20th. The date is dedicated to reflecting on the inclusion of black people in society. For example, research by the Ethos/Ibope Institute shows that only six black women are executives in the 500 largest Brazilian companies. Corporate culture and the lack of affirmative action explain this scenario.

The study shows that among 1,162 directors there are only six black or brown women. This figure represents 0.5% of black women executives. Women in general account for only 119 of all the executives interviewed.
The survey "Social, Racial and Gender Profile of the 500 Largest Companies in Brazil and Their Affirmative Actions" is now in its fifth edition. The survey is voluntary and the questionnaires were sent to the 500 largest companies according to the ranking in Exame magazine's "Melhores e Maiores 2009" yearbook.

Events to celebrate the date

On November 12, at 8:30 a.m., the exhibition "African Women" by artist Sumara Caggiano will open as a tribute to the women who have always fought for Africa's development and their own dignity. The exhibition features life-size sculptures that reveal the courage of African women and bring to mind the values received from that continent.
The 5th Meeting of Black Cinema from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean will take place in Rio de Janeiro between November 8 and 14. The show features film presentations and lectures. To access the full program go to