For the past two weeks, our Across Women's Lives team has been in Brazil reporting on women, water and the future of the environment.
Our Her Planet series brought us into the homes of women like Terezinha da Silva, a São Paulo favela resident whose rainwater purification invention helped thousands access clean water during drought, and the contested back yard of activist Antonia Melo — an Altamira resident who's been fighting against the Belo Monte dam and its displacement of entire communities in the Amazon for 25 years.
Whether the issue is water pollution, drought, mosquito-borne illnesses, or community displacement it's clear that women and girls are leading the charge.
Here are their orgnizations — as well as other groups working to help them — broken down by story.
This is an evolving, international list and suggestions are welcome. Let us know if you have one in the comments sections below or on Facebook.
The Story: Brazil's microcephaly outbreak captured in portraits
The issue: Mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus.
Microcephaly, a birth defect that can cause a baby’s head — and sometimes brain — to be smaller than expected, is thought to be linked to Zika. Brazil's restrictive abortion laws prevent women who contract the Zika virus during their first trimester to even explore the option.
How you can help
1. Support family planning in Latin America. Catholics for Choice does a lot of work to improve reproductive health laws, locally.
2. Give to charities that provide families with mosquito nets and insect repellant. UNICEF is working with both WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to prevent and control the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus.
The Story: Brazil’s huge dam is built, but these women won’t stop fighting
The issue: Displacement of communities and damage to eco-systems by government sanctioned projects
How you can help:
1. Follow Melo's Xingu Lives Forever organization on Facebook to learn more about the movement.