Giovanna (Gio) Santos Vieira – Women Deliver

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Giovanna (Gio) Santos Vieira

  • Age: 21
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Activism is not a transactional process. Like any other form of love, is not an act that expects retribution. It does, however, involve the plead for change to be built through the process. The construction of the ideal will never be linear, but even at its lowest, it should never be discouraged.

- Giovanna (Gio) Santos Vieira


Giovanna Santos Vieira is a Brazilian student and intersectional human rights activist. Currently studying to be an International Relations graduate at Centro Universitario de Brasilia, Giovanna dedicates her full free time to understanding Gender Studies as to how they impact and describe the phenomena of the current society. She believes that there is a complicated correlation between female economic empowerment, political participation and emergency response capabilities in every country. Beyond that, Giovanna states that the understanding of such relation is essential to guide the political authorities and demand a responsible approach to these structural problems.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

When the numbers of the Brazilian Forum of Public Safety’s research on violence against women were published, I found out I could not stay quiet while one woman dies every two hours due to violence in Brazil. It’s time for a change.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

While at school, I managed to convince my colleague who had been raped to tell the police and open an investigation. After that, I’ve been a part of many equality protests such as Women’s March and EleNao manifestation.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

I am a bookworm, so I tend to read a lot. I have a cat whom I adore to hang with while watching tv shows. Less often, but still important, when I manage to match my schedule with my friends’, I also have fun spending quality time alongside them.

Languages Spoken:

  • Brazilian Portuguese (Native); English (Fluent); Spanish (Intermediate); French (Beginner); Korean (Beginner)