Ethnic, Political, Social and Cultural Studies Society Omolàyé

Olope Griots: Justice and Communication in Action


Objectives and target audience

Provide legal and communication counseling to African-Brazilian temples in Sergipe. The legal counseling aims to establish and monitor administrative and judicial proceedings involving people of African religions; denounce and fight institutional racism that affects people from African religions; mobilize and support the advisory council (Griot Council) composed of older religious people from the “terreiros” (religious temples) of Sergipe. The communication counseling will assist them in dealing with media and social media and help shed light on their demands for recognition, rights and public policies, especially through the inclusion of these guidelines in newspapers, TV, magazines, billboards and advertising campaigns.

Main activities

Prepare and monitor judicial and administrative processes.

Mobilize, discuss, think and build, along with people of African religions, defense strategies to fight for their rights and public policies.

Mobilize, organize, advise, monitor and strengthen a Griot Council, composed of older religious people, with a gender approach, formed exclusively by women.

Conduct training workshops for African-religious temples on the use of social media and other communication tools.

Guide and monitor organizations and African-religious temples in dealing with the media.

Include African-religious issues in the Medias’ agendas.

Think and collectively build recognition strategies.

Hold the seminar “Traditional communities of African religious temples, right to justice and communication.”


The traditional African religious communities have been targeted by Brazilian courts and set aside from the media. Due to the legalization of the Christian religious morality at the national Supreme Court, society has faced many challenges, but it has also harvested important results against such moral, such as the decision on the termination of pregnancy of anencephalic fetuses, research on stem cells and the guarantee of rights to homosexual couples. Now, it is time to fight in court for the rights of African-Brazilian religions. What we have seen in recent years is a considerable increase in the number of cases of religious intolerance against religions of African origin, an increasing trend of the judiciary to decide on disputes arising from such issues and the absence of a radical, consistent and qualified public debate in the media about such issues. The judicialization of these cases, involves intolerance; tax collection of African-Brazilian religious temples or decisions against Yalorixás and Babalorixás (religious leaders) for poor service; qualifying African-religious temples as commercial premises; African-religious criminalization for false imprisonment or bodily injury during initiation ceremonies; closing of African-Brazilian temples for peace disturbance claims, noise pollution, environmental pollution and ill-treatment of animals; among others.

About the organization

The organization’s mission is to contribute to the empowerment of traditional communities of African origin in Sergipe, developing studies, research and providing advice and educational and political actions in defense of human rights, fighting racism and religious intolerance.


Asè Egbè Sergipano.
Preservando o Axé.
Tiradentes University.
Regional Council of Psychology.

Funding Line

Annual Call for Proposals



Total Granted

R$ 40,000.00


12 months

Main Themes

Confronting racism

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