Brazil is going through an important moment of resumption, in which the importance of having a full democracy and an effective State of Rights is perceived. Resuming these values is possible thanks to the resistance of collective organizations, civil society associations, and social movements, especially those of women, who fight daily for social justice, environmental justice, democracy, gender and race equity, for the right to life and happiness.
To support initiatives led by women, cis, trans, and other trans identities from all over Brazil, ELAS+ launches the seventh edition of Building Movements 2023 – for solidarity, justice, and democracy.
In another demonstration of confidence in the knowledge and power of women and trans people, we maintain the flexibility of support for institutional strengthening. To expand women's access, formal business registration is still not a requirement to participate in Building Movements.
Over the six previous editions of this call for proposals, 378 initiatives were supported in the five regions of Brazil, totaling 19 million BRL invested in social solutions developed by civil society. You too can participate in this great movement to strengthen solidarity, justice, and democracy!
Since its first grants, ELAS+ has supported groups and organizations led by women in the struggle for a life that is more integrated with the environment. Women are a fundamental part of protecting the environment, territories, and traditional knowledge. In partnership with GAGGA - Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action, ELAS+ will support grassroots organizations led by cis and trans women, that work for environmental and climate justice in Brazil.
Gender and environmental challenges are linked, and women are among the most affected, but they are also the ones leading the way in addressing the climate emergency. This initiative seeks to support women in their responses to the challenges brought about by the worsening of environmental racism, violations of indigenous territories and traditional peoples in recent years, as well as the increase in extreme events and environmental disasters.