Panmela Castro from Brazil is an activist artist, who is primarily focused on gender equality. In her most recent project, she uses her art to speak out about Brazil's high rates of violence against women.
Castro hopes that her art can open the discussion about the violence against women in Brazil. She also holds workshops for women to empower women by using art. These workshops are held all throughout the world.
"In the workshops we have a safe space to create a work that gives a voice to women who in other situations would never talk about that part of their lives," she told HuffPost. "In this way, graffiti is a tool for communication."
Castro was the recipient of the 2010 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for Human Rights, which honors and awards women leaders who ware working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity, and protect human rights around the world.