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Last Wednesday, January 30th, Mãe Nilce Naira was sworn in as a member of the State Council for Women's Rights - CEDIM/ RJ.

At the head of Ilê Omolu e Oxum, an important space of resistance, preservation and appreciation of Afro-Brazilian cultural memory located in São João de Meriti, in the Baixada Fluminense, Mãe Nilce is an important leader in the anti-racist struggle for gender equality.
The creator of the Women of Axé Hand in Hand Against Violence project, supported by the ELAS Fund, Mãe Nilce works to mobilize terreiro communities to confront domestic violence and violence against women through awareness-raising actions, training, the development of a public campaign and the promotion of women's economic entrepreneurship.
"I'm very proud to tell my friends that I've been elected a Councillor of Cedim RJ, an important space to continue our fight against Domestic Violence as a woman of axé," says Mãe Nilce.
The State Council for Women's Rights (CEDIM/RJ) was created in 1987 and was one of the first women's rights councils in the country, as a result of the struggles and demands of the feminist and women's movements in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
CEDIM houses the Heloneida Studart CEDIM Cultural Space at its headquarters in Rio's port area, which aims to contribute to the construction and strengthening of female citizenship by rescuing, preserving and disseminating the cultural, artistic and scientific heritage of Brazilian women and implementing artistic and cultural activities aimed at affirmative gender action.
CEDIM's Deliberative Council is made up of 21 members, 80% of whom are representatives of civil society and 20% of whom are government representatives, with a four-year mandate.