Dr Ludy Green Meets Activist Maria da Penha in Fortaleza

Dr. Ludy Green conducted a five-day speaker program in Recife and Fortaleza, where the US Consulate General in Recife worked in partnership with state governments, universities and the judiciary to reach a diverse audience of policy-makers, governmental and non-governmental professionals, activists and students. Dr. Green spoke forcefully about breaking the destructive cycle of violence against women – especially domestic violence and human trafficking – through laws and public policies focusing on the financial autonomy of victims. She also presented her pioneering experience as founder of the NGO Second Chance Employment Services, an initiative launched by Dr. Green to help victims find employment, sharing her methodology with audiences.

Local partners used these for a to debate the issues and present like experiences regarding laws, public policies and employment/economic initiatives for victims of gender-based violence. A highlight of her program was the personal encounter in Fortaleza with activist Maria da Penha, inspiration for the Brazilian national law no. 11.340/06, the Lei Maria da Penha.