1. Mina de Ouro: Promoting personal, educational, and professional development of at-risk girls
Laura Baptista (Brazil)
Laura Baptista is a lawyer from Brazil with a passion for Human Rights and social justice. She believes that imprisoned girls should not be denied the opportunity to achieve their potential because of their mistakes. After she participated in the 7th edition of the Human Rights in Action Training, the Mina de Ouro project was born. It was created as an effort to develop a project aimed at promoting personal, educational and professional development of 16 at-risk teenage girls committed to a youth detention center in Curitiba, Brazil.
With the help of several partners such as the DO IT TODAY Project, Innova Solutions, and Stella Rose Coaching, the project’s team organized a series of lectures and workshops at the center while simultaneously created a network of employers and schools willing to provide the girls with professional and academic opportunities. The activities included presentations about different career and educational possibilities, discussions on inspirational women in history, and workshops on how to set and achieve future goals.
The project’s goal is to empower imprisoned girls by helping them develop useful life skills and connecting them with real opportunities. Mina de Ouro believes in the value of at-risk girls and wants to be a part in their path to a better future. Its aim is to give them a better chance of creating the life they want. The project also seeks to inspire empathy and raise awareness about the rights of girls and young women deprived of liberty.