Lead Doctor Profiles and Advisory Committee

Cristião Fernando Rosas, MD

Lead Doctor, GDC/Brazil and Global Steering Committee Member
Dr. Cristião Fernando Rosas is the director of the Obstetric Clinic at the Maternity School of Vila Nova in Cachoeirinha, São Paulo, Brazil. He has been the president of the National Commission of Sexual Violence and Legal Abortion of the Brazilian Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Associations (FEBRASGO) since 2012. In 2011, he became the coordinator of the Southern Cone Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Rights at the Latin American Federation of Societies of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FLASOG). He also became an advisory board member of CLACAI, the Latin American Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion, that same year. Dr. Rosas has been a member of the Initiative for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics since 2008. He has been the secretary of the National Commission at the Sexual Violence and Legal Abortion of the Gynecology and Obstetrics Society of Brazil since 2006 and has been a member of the Technical Board of Women’s Health of the Regional Medical Council of the State of São Paulo since 2000. Dr. Rosas received his medical degree in 1979 from the University of Taubaté in São Paulo and was a medical resident in obstetrics and gynecology at the Federal Hospital Leonor Mendes de Barros in São Paulo. In 1982, he specialized in gynecology and obstetrics at FEBRASGO. The founder of GDC/Brazil, Dr. Rosas joined Global Doctors for Choice in 2007 and sits on the Board of Managers.


Maria José de Oliveira Araújo, MD

Co-Lead Doctor, GDC/Brazil

maze-maria-jose-araujo-photoA women’s rights activist and physician, Dr. Maria José de Oliveira Araújo, specializes in pediatrics and maternal and child health in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. de Oliveira Araújo was the coordinator of the Women’s Health Technical Division at the Brazilian Ministry of Health from 2003 to 2007 and coordinator of the Women’s Health Technical Division at the Municipality of São Paulo from 1989 to 1992 and from 2000 to 2002. She is the founder of Brazil’s National Feminist Network for Health, Sexual, and Reproductive Rights and is currently a member of its board of directors. She was the national spokesperson on Health Rights for the Brazilian Platform of Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Human Rights (DHESCA Brazil Platform) for a two-year period during 2010 and 2011. Dr. de Oliveira Araújo received her medical training at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She joined Global Doctors for Choice in 2012.




GDC/Brazil Advisory Committee

GDC/Brazil’s Advisory Committee is made up of the following members:

Aníbal Faúndes

Since 2003, Dr. Aníbal Faúndes has been the senior researcher at the Campinas Reproductive Health Research Center (CEMICAMP); he was also president of CEMICAMP from 1989-2003. He has been the coordinator of the Working Group on Unsafe Abortion of International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics since 2007 and conducts research about the prevention of unsafe abortion and its consequences. He is a member of the Latin American Study Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Research Survey on Maternal and Perinatal Health. He has published extensively on unsafe abortion, family planning, the use of misoprostol, access to reproductive healthcare, women’s health, and maternal and perinatal health. He has received many awards for his contributions to the field of women’s health, the most recent being the Allan Rosenfield Award presented by the Family Planning Society of New York in 2011. Dr. Faúndes was a full professor volunteering at the University of Campinas (Unicamp)  from 2001-2009 and a full professor of obstetrics from 1975-2001.


Debora Diniz

Debora Diniz is a professor at the University of Brasilia and a researcher at the Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender Institute (ANIS). She is a representative of the WHO Research Project Review Panel (RP2) of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR). She is also a member of the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s Technical Chamber on Transplant Ethics and Research. Diniz conducts research projects related to bioethics, feminism, human rights, and health. She is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Developing World Bioethics, assistant social and human sciences editor at Revista Ciência e Saúde Coletiva [Science and Collective Health Magazine], and co-editor at Revista Eletrônica de Comunicação, Informação e Inovação em Saúde [Electronic Magazine for Communication, Information, and Innovation in Health]. Additionally, Diniz is an author who has published extensively in scientific journals, newspapers, magazines, and books and is also an accomplished editor and filmmaker.


Greice Maria de Souza Menezes

Greice Maria de Souza Menezes is a researcher at the Gender and Health Studies Program (MUSA) at the Collective Health Institute (ISC) at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). Her scientific interests are geared primarily toward gender and health, reproductive health, maternal mortality, and adult health. A graduate in medicine from the Federal University of Bahia, de Souza Menezes holds a master’s degree in community health and a doctorate in collective health, both from ISC/UFBA.


José Henrique Rodrigues Torres

José Henrique Rodrigues Torres is a judge for the State of São Paulo, Torres is also a professor of criminal law at the Pontifical Catholic University in Campina and president of the Executive Board of the Association of Judges for Democracy (AJD). Since 2002, he has been a member of the Sexual and Reproductive Rights Study Group of the Brazilian Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Societies (FEBRASGO) and of the Abortion Study Group (GEA). His scientific interests include criminal law and forensic medicine; drug policy; physician civil and criminal liability; interruption of pregnancy in the context of protecting human rights; domestic and sexual violence against women; reducing the risk of unsafe abortion; and sexual and reproductive health. A graduate in law from the School of Law of Bauru, maintained by the Toledo Educational Institute of Bauru/SP, Torres is a specialist in criminal procedural law from the School of Law of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and a specialist in social relations law from the School of Law of Bauru/SP.


Margareth Arilha

Margareth Arilha is a reproductive health researcher at the UNICAMP Population Studies Unit (NEPO). She is also a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Latin American Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion (CLACAI) and of the Committee of Reproductive Planning and Unwanted Pregnancy Specialists at the Ministry of Health’s Women’s Health Technical Division. Since 1991, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Citizenship and Reproduction Commission operating at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). She has been working on research in the fields of gender, reproductive health, and public policy at several institutions since the 1980s. Her career has been highlighted by her involvement in research, academic training, and social participation carried out at government organizations (São Paulo Women’s Commission State Council, coordinating the Women’s Health Commission) and at non-governmental organizations on high-profile innovative projects (ECOS/Studies and Communication on Sexuality and CEBRAP/Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning). She was also active as a regional advisor to the United Nations in reproductive health, gender, and rights policies for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA/UN) from 2001 to 2006 in Mexico. A graduate in psychology with a degree in education from the University of São Paulo, with training in psychoanalysis from the Sedes Sapientiae Institute, Arilha holds a master’s degree in social psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo through the Gender, Race, and Age Studies Unit, and a doctorate in public health from the Department of Maternal-Child Health at the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo.


Maria Beatriz Galli Bevilacqua

A sexual health and reproductive rights spokesperson for the Brazilian Platform of Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Human Rights (DHESCA), Maria Beatriz Galli Bevilacqua conducts research on abortion, women’s health care, human rights, and maternal mortality. In 2006, she conducted an exploratory study on the impact of conscious objection on services related to sexual violence. She was a policy associate at IPAS/Brazil from 2006-2012, the coordinator of the Gender and Human Rights Programs at the Heinrich Boell Foundation from 2003-2005; the coordinator of Citizen Advocates for Human Rights from 2000-2003; assistant at the Reproductive Health and Human Rights Program at the Ford Foundation from 1999-2000; and the representative in Brazil of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) from 1997-1998.


Tamara Amoroso Gonçalves

Attorney Tamara Amoroso Gonçalves is a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM) in Brazil and currently serves as its co-coordinator. She is also a member of the Abortion Studies Group (GEA) and a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) consultant on gender and sexual diversity at the Ministry of Education. Gonçalves conducts research on gender and human rights. Her research project “Abortion and Religion in Brazilian Courts” is available at http://www.ccr.org.br/livros-revistas-detalhe.asp?cod=32  (published in 2008). For her master’s degree, she wrote her thesis on: “Women’s Human Rights and the Inter-American Human Rights Commission: An Analysis of Cases Admitted from 1970 to 2008.” Gonçalves is a graduate from the Pontifical Catholic University in São Paulo with a master’s degree in human rights from the University of São Paulo.


Telia Negrão

Telia Negrão is a journalist and she has been a consultant on gender, human rights, and public policy at the women’s collective Coletivo Feminino Plural since 1996. She conducts research on gender, the media, and public policy. Negrão was also the president of the Feminist Health Network from 2007-2011.

Advocating for access to safe reproductive health care.