Jurema Werneck

Brazil

Jurema Werneck was born in Morro dos Cabritos, a slum in Rio de Janeiro. She studied medicine and was the only black student in the School of Medicine for many years. Jurema is director of Amnesty International Brazil and co-founder of Criola-a black women’s organization, and Articulation of Brazilian Black Women Organizations. Jurema is a visiting scholar at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, member of the Civil Society Advisory Group of UN Women Brazil, on the Board of Trustees at the Brazil Human Rights Fund, and board member of the Institute of Socioeconomic Studies in Brasilia.