Djamila Ribeiro Brazil

2019 Prince Claus Laureate

Djamila Ribeiro (Santos, Brazil 1980)

Djamila Ribeiro is a public intellectual, writer and philosopher, a social justice activist, and one of the most influential leaders in the Afro-Brazilian women’s rights movement. A prolific essayist, Ribeiro was one of 51 authors from 25 countries invited to contribute to The Freedom Papers (2018). She is the author of two significant books including Quem tem medo do feminismo negro? (‘Who is afraid of black feminism?’, 2018), a collection of articles on topics such as social mobilisation, racial quota policies, and the origins of black feminism in Brazil and America. Ribeiro is committed to sharing the thinking of others, through the editorial initiative, Sueli Carneiro’s Seal. Ribeiro’s book, Lugar de Fala (‘Place of Speech’) was the first publication of Feminismos Plurais (Plural Feminisms), a collection within Sueli Carneiro’s Seal that publishes black writers’ works at affordable prices. Ribeiro is an online columnist, blogger and regular columnist for the daily paper Folha de Sao Paulo and Marie Claire Magazine.

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