Changemaker: Willian Mallman
Country of Implementation: Brazil
TODXS was co-founded by Global Changemakers Italo Ribeiro and Willian Mallman and exists to transform Brazil into a country that is truly inclusive and free from discrimination.
There is still a long way to go until their purpose is finally accomplished. According to Grupo Gay da Bahia, the largest LGBT rights organization in Brazil, a homosexual is murdered every 26 hours in the country. In addition to that, data captured in the first report of the National Human Rights Secretariat on human rights violation, in 2012, there were 27 reports of violation against LGBT+ human rights per day, making 13 victims of homophobia a day. The number of Brazilians that struggle with discrimination is, however, exponentially larger than the current data suggests. According a National Survey TODXS conducted recently, 65% of LGBTI+ people in Brazil have experienced discrimination in the past 12 months, while 50% have felt their lives threatened due to their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Over their 4-year existence, they have delivered 4 editions of their Ambassadors program, helping develop more than 300 young LGBTI+ leaders from all Brazilian regions. Their Ambassadors program is Brazil’s first initiative committed to identifying, connecting, inspiring and equipping young LGBT+ leaders, social entrepreneurs, students and advocates, aged 18-24 years old in Brazil. The program is a 1-year journey of personal and social transformation divided into four main pillars: 1) Discovery; 2) Research and Development; 3) Brazil LGBT+ Youth Summit 2017; and 4) IN-PACTO.
They have also launched Diversity & Inclusion booklets, campaigns and trainings in partnership with companies like Facebook, Instagram, PepsiCo, Bain & Company and Octagon; they created an anti-discrimination app that was nominated to Google Play Awards in the social impact category; and they have been recently elected one of the most diverse institutions in the country in 2020 by Exame Magazine.
"We are proud to be a team of 120 volunteers designing together the future that we want for the LGBTI+ community and we work tirelessly to make sure that all Brazilian LGBTI+ lives will be respected and valued."
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