WONDER helps girls and women receive quality education and vocational training in Brazil.

National Summary

Out of 34 million young people between 15-24 in Brazil, 40% live in extreme poverty. Unemployment is rife; although over half of young adults have an upper secondary education, the employment rate is below average (7.4% compared to OECD average of 19.4% in 2014). In order to be competitive in this saturated job market, women often need education qualifications that are superior to men. 

Although levels of education tend to be equal for both men and women in Brazil, there are key gender-based barriers. 43% of girls out of education in 2017 didn’t return to school due to pregnancy, or acting as a caregiver at home. Overall, women earned 74.2% the income of men in 2014. Differences in ethnicity, race, income and physical condition also results in further inequalities and disadvantages; in 2017, black and mixed race workers earned 58% of white workers, and illiteracy is much more endemic among black people in Brazil.

Quick Facts

212.6 million total population

40% living in extreme poverty

40% of adults below average education level


Featured partners and projects

We currently work with 27 women-led local partners globally who have a proven track record of helping communities through education.
We rely on their expertise to respond to local needs and solutions in order to establish sustainable long-term projects.


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