The Route to Freedom goes through the Quilombos

The Route to Freedom goes through the Quilombos

The following article is a contribution by our associate Elisa Spampinato and tells of her experience along the Rota da Liberdade in Brazil. To read the full-length account, please visit Elisa’s blog. The Rota da Liberdade or Route to Freedom Project is a collaborative and participative community-based tourism project located in the historical district of Santiago de Iguape, 50km from Salvador, Bahia, north-eastern Brazil. It all started in 2005 with a social project supported by the federal government, called Agente…

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Elisa Spampinato

Elisa Spampinato

Elisa Spampinato has recently joined our network of associates and we are thrilled to welcome her. Elisa is a researcher and consultant based in London, with a varied international background. She studied Anthropology and Sociology at the University La Sapienza in Rome and completed her studies with field research in Brazil, focusing on local governance and experiments in direct democracy. Since 2005 her work has included participation at international seminars and diverse research projects in both Italy and Brazil. Elisa…

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The women of the Jequitinhonha Valley

The women of the Jequitinhonha Valley

A guest blog by Elisa Spampinato Fighting with art for their independence The Jequitinhonha Valley (in Minas Gerais, Brazil), once a prosperous region whose economy was driven by the gold mines, today is one of the poorest areas in Brazil. Poor only from an economic perspective – very rich in culture and humanity. The inhabitants of the valley are mainly women, known as “the widows with alive husbands”. In fact, due to lack of employment in the region, the men…

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