|Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir (CDD-Brasil)|
Founded in 1994, Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir (CDD-Brasil), or Catholics for the Right to Decide, is a feminist non-governmental organization that works for equality in gender relations, full citizenship, and human rights for women. It seeks social justice, dialogue between different religions, and changes in cultural and religious patterns that restrict women’s autonomy, particularly with respect to sexuality and reproduction. IWHC has supported CDD-Brasil since 2000.
“The importance of Catholic Women for the Right to Decide lies in
building moral and religious arguments in favor of sexual and
reproductive rights. The consistency of its arguments is such that they
legitimately occupy a specific space in the broad range of arguments for
decriminalizing abortion and also in ethnical-religious issues
involving abortion and Catholicism.” --
Maria José de Oliveira Araújo, MD, former head of the Women’s Heath Department of Brazil’s Ministry of Health
CDD-Brasil is a feminist organization of national reach based in the city of Sao Paulo. With strategy and courage, this group has managed to become a visible counterpoint to the Roman Catholic Church on matters related to sexual and reproductive rights and health. CDD-Brasil produces and disseminates ethical and religious arguments that provide ammunition to social movements in their fight to change society’s mentality. CDD-Brasil work stands alone, as it is the only organization in the country that works with the intersection of sexual/reproductive rights and religion, offering real possibilities for deconstructing fundamentalist ideas that subject women to so many injustices.
In order to optimize its resources, CDD-Brazil has always invested in communications: they maintain key media contacts and all its staff are trained to speak to the media. In 2009 and 2010, CDD-Brazil was interviewed or quoted 35 times on TV, 53 on radio, 70 on websites, 47 in newspapers and 10 in magazines.
To learn more about CDD-Brasil's work, visit their website (content is in Portuguese).