Mayra Cotta is a lawyer specializing in gender, a University of Brasília graduate, a doctoral candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York, a master in Criminal Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and co-founder of Veredas – Human Rights Strategies. She has worked as legal advisor to the Human Rights Commission at the Brazilian National Congress and was a special advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Presidency of the Republic. Mayra has taught in the Politics and Global Studies departments at the New School, and in the Political Science and Women and Gender Studies departments at Pace University. In addition, she was responsible for structuring and coordinating the first office to assist women in situations of domestic violence at the center for legal practices Núcleo de Práticas Jurídicas of the University of Brasília and was a member of the Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM). She is a co-author of the book Mulher, Roupa, Trabalho: Como se Veste a Desigualdade de Gênero.