Watch video of Brazilian feminist Nilcea Freire. She is running for Councillor in Rio de Janeiro´s municipal election in October 2016
"While resisting we have to keep pushing for progress, and what we can achieve at this time, in my view, will be through the stupendous organization of young white women, and especially black women, in all of the state capitals and large cities of Brazil."
Nilcéa Freire is the former representative of Ford Foundation in Brazil and running for Councillor in Rio de Janeiro´s municipal election in October 2016.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2011, Nilcéa was the Minister of the Secretariat of Policies for Women (SPM) of the Presidency of the Federative Republic of Brazil, where she worked, from 2004-2010, on issues related to the advancement of gender equity and policies for the improvement of the conditions of women.
From 2000 to 2003, she served as Rector of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), overseeing the academic and overall management of the university. Prior to being named Rector, she had held academic and administrative positions at the university since 1980. Nilcéa also presided as the State Council of Education of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Nilcéa has a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Nilcéa received her bachelor’s degree in medicine from the State University of Rio de Janeiro with a residency in parasitology in the same university.