I am Tamiz Oliveira, a black woman. My academic and professional path has been shaped by confrontations in the fight against racism and sexism which are both characteristics of the experiences of black women in Brazil.
I received my first scientific initiation into research groups, and specifically those related to the health of the black population, at the Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia (UFRB). I graduated with a degree in Social Work and wrote a dissertation on ‘National Integral Health Policy for the Black Population,’ proposing a reflection on the institutional racism perpetrated by health professionals.
I then completed a postgraduate degree in Collective Health (FAVENI) and a Master’s degree in Ethnic Relations and Contemporaneity at the Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia (UESB). For this, I wrote my dissertation on black women’s motherhood, obstetric violence and institutional racism.
In my role as a teacher, I worked on undergraduate courses in Social Work and on postgraduate courses in Human Rights and in Traditional Peoples and Communities. I have also worked as a Social Worker in the “Corra Pro Abraço” Programme, an initiative of the State Government of Bahia which gives assistance to homeless and vulnerable people based on Damage Reduction strategies.
Writing ‘about us and for us’ is particularly important to me. Now, in the ongoing PhD course at the Institute of Collective Health (ISC/UFBA), I joined the ECLIPSE group which provides an environment for learning, sharing, and constructing. I am developing a research topic on the “Intersectionality of gender and race: experiences of people with cutaneous leishmaniasis in the countryside of Bahia”. Therefore, I see my participation in the ECLIPSE project as the powerful fuel for the development of my academic studies, and as a political training in establishing the relationship between theory and practice.