Denise Dora THEMIS
Denise Dora is the Founder and CEO of THEMIS – Legal Assistance and Gender Studies, a feminist organization that works for the democratization of justice in Brazil. She is a human rights activist and lawyer committed to combating gender and socio-economic inequalities in Brazil by increasing women’s access to the justice system, and training poor and disenfranchised women to fight for their rights. From 2000 to 2001, she was responsible for the Ford Foundation’s Human Rights Program in Brazil and created the Brazil Lawyer Advocates for the People program. She received her law degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex; and a Master’s in History, Politics and Cultural Heritage at the Center for Research and Documentation of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro.