Brazil has one of the world’s highest transgender murder rates. Belo Horizonte Shapers believe ending gender bias means uplifting everyone on the gender spectrum who has been denied opportunities and are aiming to reverse this trend. In partnership with local organizations, the hub’s project Empregabilidade will assist with training for transgender people, create safe educational spaces, provide psychological and financial support, and build corporate awareness with the goal of increasing transgender inclusion in the job market.
The project has three pillars: (1) data mapping, (2) creating awareness within companies and (3) training sessions for transgender people.
On data mapping, the goal is to answer the following questions: Who are the trans people of Belo Horizonte? What is their sociodemographic profile? What are the needs and goals of this group? The goal is to conduct this mapping and have data to share with local initiatives and public power. The work with companies is focused on promoting awareness sessions inside companies to start a conversation and gradually promote more workplaces open to hiring transgender people. Finally, throughout the project, Belo Horizonte shapers, in partnership with local initiatives, are promoting workshops and training cycles based on the identified needs of trans people with the goal of preparing them for the job market. Given the conjuncture in which trans people live, there's also psychological and legal support to all participants of the program.