On Tour: São Paulo, Brazil

Mary Beth took her story abroad last week when she spoke at Tedx Liberdade in São Paulo, Brazil, on April 23. Many thanks to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, which invited her to share her story alongside other human rights activists at the “Power of Together” event.

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Mary Beth gave a captivating live-streamed talk and got to meet other inspiring figures, like Isadora Faber and Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera. (You can check out a gallery of photos taken by Lino Ferreira at the event here.)

Isadora’s bio on the TedxLiberdade website states that she “is a 14-year-old Brazilian student who launched an online Classroom Diary (Diário de Classe) to discuss problems in her school, such as broken desks and bathrooms without toilet seats. She quickly became a national figure with regular appearances on talk shows to discuss the problems with public education in Brazil, despite threats from teachers, administrators, and even fellow students.”


Isadora Faber getting ready before her TedxLiberdade talk.

You can check out Isadora’s Facebook page, “Diário de Classe,” here.

According to her TedxLiberdade bio, Kasha is an LGBT activist in Uganda. She stands up for her rights and the rights of other Ugandans, even in the face of laws that make homosexuality illegal there.

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera giving her TedxLiberdade talk on April 23.

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera giving her TedxLiberdade talk on April 23.

Kasha has even started an advocacy organization called Freedom and Roam Uganda. Check out the organization’s blog for more info!

In addition to the amazing people she met, Mary Beth said she was inspired by the fact that 16-year-olds can vote in Brazil – even in national elections! She had been excited to share the good news that 16-year-olds in Tacoma Park, Maryland, are now allowed to vote in local elections, but now thinks we all have even more to aspire to!

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