Maria da Penha holding the Constitution of Brazil. (Photo: Divulgação Instituto Maria da Penha)
30 August 2011
In May 1983, biopharmaceutist Maria da Penha Fernandes was fast asleep when her husband shot her, leaving her a paraplegic for life. Two weeks after her return from the hospital, he tried to electrocute her.
Marathon runner Denise Campos (featured) was one of a number of athletes that spoke out on violence against women in the run-up to the World Military Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: UNiTE)
25 July 2011
Rio de Janeiro—Men and women of the Brazilian delegation to the 5th Military World Games are saying no to violence against women and girls by joining the UN Secretary-General’s global UNITE to End Violence against Women campaign. They have called on people everywhere to take the same step.
Jadel Gregório (triple jump), Denise Ocampos (marathon), Luiz Ramos (boxing), Kátia Cilene (soccer), Rafael Lima (boxing), Simone Lima (pentathlon) and Soraya Cabral (orientation running) were among the athletes who pledged their support.