"I speak without fear, what about you?". This is the question that women all over the country will be asking in August, the month in which the Maria da Penha Law celebrates its 10th anniversary. The campaign is an initiative of the 33 grantees by the Speak Without Fear Fund in 2016, which develop projects to end domestic violence. These are projects from 17 states in the five regions of the country, carried out by and for young people, students, women with disabilities, black women, lesbians, indigenous women, prostitutes, fisherwomen, domestic workers and trans women. 

The aim of the campaign is to show that several women are mobilizing nationwide to end violence against women and to call on Brazilian women to also speak out fearlessly on the subject. Using the hashtags #EuFaloSemMedo and #10anosLeiMariadaPenha, they will also spread information about the Maria da Penha Law through artistic and cultural interventions, audiovisual campaigns, conversation circles and other activities. 

A landmark in the fight to end domestic violence in Brazil, the Maria da Penha Law turns 10 on August 7, 2016. Despite being recognized as an important step forward, it faces difficulties in implementation and could now be modified by a controversial Bill currently before the National Congress.

In addition to the program promoted by the different groups, the music video for the rap song "Guerreiras" will be released, a collaborative production of the 33 grantees by the Fale Sem Medo Fund in 2016. In addition to the 33 women's groups, Guerreiras had the collaboration of Taisa Machado (Afrofunk Rio), Casa da Música and singers Sami Brasil, Will Barros, Helô Mouzer and Tâmara Terra.

In the video clip, women of different ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations and territories talk about fear, overcoming, unity and freedom. Check it out and share it!

Also in August, the ELAS Fund is launching a series of videos on the fight to end domestic violence in Brazil. There are three videos that address the challenges of the fight to end domestic violence in Brazil, the partnership between the Avon Institute and the ELAS Fund in this fight and the importance of the II National Dialogue on Domestic Violence, which brought together all the grantees by the Fale Sem Medo Fund to establish joint strategies.

Check out the first video:

 

 

About the Speak Without Fear Fund

The result of a partnership between the Avon Institute and the ELAS Fund, the Speak Without Fear Fund has been supporting actions by civil society groups and organizations that promote the fight against violence against women since 2012. The strategic partnership for the cause brings together experience with organizations and