Video: Panmela Castro- Heloisa Passos
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Panmela Castro, whose street name is Anarkia, uses graffiti not only to teach and empower women but also to convey social messages. Having been herself a victim of domestic violence and having female friends and relatives go through the same ordeal, Castro decided to turn to graffiti to raise awareness after a very important law was passed in Brazil in 2006, the Maria da Penha Law. Under this law, women who are victims of domestic violence are given more protection while their offenders are given stricter punishments. This was a huge development in Brazil, where domestic violence is much too common.
Castro has won many awards for her work including the 2010 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for Human Rights and being honored by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation at the 2012 DVF awards. Panmela is also the founder of Rede Nami, a feminist urban arts network that uses the arts to educate about and promote women’s rights.