Episcopal Relief & Development partners with Servicio Anglicano de Diacono e Desenvolvimento (SADD), the development arm of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, to train local leaders about prevention and response to violence against women and children (VAWC) and offer services for survivors. Our partnership also empowers women and youth by supporting vocational training and skills-building through diocesan projects for economically and socially marginalized  groups. Finally, the program focuses on advocacy and raising awareness around LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion and human rights among the clergy, community leaders and other community members at the diocesan level and at the national church convention.

SADD successfully completed its three-year (2015-2017) Integrated Provincial Strategic Plan, which incorporated gender rights and gender-based violence prevention into its programs. One major accomplishment from this period was a major canonical change at the 34th IEAB Synod held in June 2018, which approved same-sex marriage for all couples in the Anglican Church in Brazil. 

For its next 4-year plan (2019-2022), SADD builds off of its successful activities, focusing on further increasing awareness around LGBTQ+ rights, inclusion and human rights among clergy, community leaders and other community members at the diocesan level. SADD is also strengthening its voice and role in participating in and organizing ecumenical and NGO fora and dialogue related to sexual and gender-based violence and the rights of sexual minorities. In addition to this important educational and advocacy work, SADD is supporting income-generating projects through various dioceses across Brazil. These projects engage violence survivors, marginalized social, ethnic and Indigenous communities, and those experiencing poverty.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SADD is providing food, hygiene and cleaning supplies to women, adolescents and children, particularly those in vulnerable communities such as those without homes, domestic violence survivors and other low-income communities. SADD is also distributing PPE such as face masks and lab coats to healthcare workers. 

SADD is also responding to provide support to indigenous communities in the Ribeira Valley that have been particularly vulnerable due to isolation from medical services. Additionally, tourism and trade were main sources of income for the communities, both of which have been impacted. Leveraging its ASA (Water, Soap, Love) volunteers, SADD is distributing PPE, medicine and cleaning supplies. Additionally, the organization is supporting the cultivation of sustainable vegetable gardens and livestock such as chickens.


Our work with Women focuses on helping communities promote the rights of women and children and move toward the vision that everyone deserves a life free from violence in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect. Only then can communities truly heal and thrive.

Gender equality, women’s empowerment and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response are cross-cutting themes that shape and inform all of Episcopal Relief & Development’s integrated programs worldwide. In order to sustainably and equitably address hunger, poverty, disease and post-disaster relief and recovery, local attitudes and customs around gender, power and gender-based violence must also be taken into account.

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