Panmela Castro is Founder and President of Rede Nami, a feminist urban arts network based in Brazil that empowers women through graffiti. As an activist artist, Castro uses graffiti as a vehicle for cultural transformation, seeking to promote human rights and strengthening the artistic, intellectual and professional skills of women living in Brazil’s favelas. She has also been invited to paint in cities across the globe, including Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC. Castro has received numerous awards, including the Hutúz Prize for Graffiti Artist of the Decade and the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for human rights. In 2012, she was nominated by Newsweek as one of 150 women that are “shaking the world”. Castro has worked with major organizations such as the OAS, German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Brazilian Academy of Letters. She has a BFA from the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and is working on an MA at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.