When I interviewed women about their experiences of domestic abuse within a faith context what they appreciated was the opportunity to be listened to – and above all believed.
- Lesley Orr.
Reverend Elineide Ferreira is an Episcopal priest in the city of Ariquemes in the northern state of Rondonia, in Brazil.
Having seen many women including her own sister suffer, Elineide felt called to create a refuge for women fleeing domestic violence. She has welcomed hundreds of women and their children through the doors of the safe house, Casa Noeli dos Santos.
She helps the women report crimes to the police. The police station can be a frightening place, and the officers don’t always want to help. She makes legal referrals and finds schools for children who have fled with their mothers. When the women leave the refuge, she travels with them to help them feel safe.
A vibrant advocate for changing systems and structures that perpetuate gender inequality, Elineide is deeply rooted within her community and is a beacon of light for gender-based violence across Brazil.
I don't do this for money. I don't do this for recognition. I do this to see women rebuild their lives.
- Reverend Elineide Ferreira.