The Minister of Racial Equality Anielle Franco was elected one of the most influential women in the world by Time magazine, this Thursday (2).
Anielle was chosen as one of 12 “extraordinary leaders working for a more equal world”, alongside Cate Blanchett, Quinta Brunson, Phoebe Bridgers, Mish Alinejad, Olena Shevchenko, Verónica Cruz Sánchez, Angela Bassett, Ramla Ali, Megan Rapinoe , Makiko Ono and Ayisha Sid.
“Her tragic family history (the murder of Marielle Franco), warm personality and deft use of social media transformed Anielle, once reserved, into an unlikely leader in the movement for black rights in Brazil”, described the magazine.
In an interview with GloboNews, Anielle commented on the award. “We know that you have been doing a very hard job. My life has literally changed a lot since 2018. When I leave the classroom, so many negative things happen… But we also received affection from so many people”, she said. “It has been tireless work, done with affection, with a lot of character and value to keep Mari’s memory alive and get where we are getting today.”
“I think it makes my mother proud, my aunts in the Northeast, my grandmother. I always imagine that she could be in this place here, but I also understand our value and how hard we have worked ,” he said during the interview.
“There are a few days left for us to complete five years of this tragedy, of this cowardly crime that was against Mari. I am very moved and happy for everything she invested in me and for all the education I had access to”, she said.
Educator and journalist, Anielle is the director of the Institute named after her sister, where she works on the development of projects with black, LGBTQIAP+ and peripheral women. In February last year, Anielle launched the book “My sister and I”, with memories and details of her relationship with Marielle. It was the second work written, behind “Letters to Marielle”, from 2019.
Editing: Thalita Pires
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