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Walter Pinto Jr. and Using Technology to Combat Gender Based Violence in Brazil

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, in a presentation to the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), Walter Pinto, Jr. discussed social management and governance in relationship to the Calafate Women’s Collective of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Pinto is a Technical Advisor for Programs and Projects of Prevention of Violence Against Women and Sexual Violence in the Office of the Mayor. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the Federal University of Bahia in Social Management with a specialization in Management of Public Policy, Gender and Race. 

Pinto is connecting the dots between the way women’s lives are impacted on a daily basis, and the rising availability and usage of technology. Today, Brazil has the 5th highest female homicide rate in the world, with 4.8 murders for every 100,000 women. In Brazil, 50% of the violence committed against women is physical, while 59% of registered violence is committed against black women. Armed with these devastating facts and combined with his experience at the Calafate Women’s Collective, Pinto utilizes innovative technology to combat local violence.

There is ample opportunity for use of technology in Brazil, since 53% of women use the internet. Pinto´s project could impact a large percentage of the 1.5 million women that live in his hometown, Salvador. This potential is amplified considering it is more common to have a smartphone today than it is a computer or tablet. Pinto plans to create a mobile app that will inspire collective learning, spread democratic principles, and promote strong feminist values with an emphasis on solutions to gender-based violence.  

Pinto’s work aligns well with the values of IMTD and its 12 principles. He “engages” his local community through “multiple technologies” and attempts to “empower” women. While substantive change requires “long-term commitment”, Pinto’s holistic approach hopefully will lead to “transformative” results for the women of Salvador.