Tackling poverty and improving the rights of LGBTI people in Brazil
Brazil is a country internationally known for having a very liberal society, which often displays attitudes of sexual openness and allows a great freedom of expression. However, when it comes to LGBTI people, Brazilian society can be discriminatory and intolerant. LGBTI people face high levels of discrimination and homophobic violence, including extreme violence such us murder.
MRI has delivered poverty reduction programmes since 2012, when there was little information available on the lived experiences of LGBT people in poverty in Brazil.
MRI’s report, LGBT people living in poverty in Rio de Janeiro, shows that when poverty is combined with multiple forms of discrimination, such as gender, race, class and, most importantly, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, it creates a reality of massive socio-economic inequality and exclusion. Put simply, LGBTI people pay a higher price to step out of poverty.
We partner with local organisations in Brazil to:
- provide training on financial management and setting up small businesses
- train local employers on the barriers faced by LGBTI people
- facilitate training opportunities of LGBTI people in need of employment, and
- change social attitudes around sexuality and gender within the local community.
If you would like to know more about MRI’s work with LGBTI people in poverty in Brazil, please contact MRI’s Project Manager.
In December 2017 our Brazil team held an end-year meeting with our beneficiaries to discuss the progress in their own businesses and challenges for 2018.
To celebrate Transgender Visibility Month, we share the story of a trans activist who joined our small business course and became a member of our Brazil team.