Christiane Yared

Christiane Yared

Road Safety Activist and Federal Deputy in the House of Representatives, Brazil

Brazilian Federal Deputy Christiane Yared, married at 19 and mother of three, used to make her a living as a pastry chef in a family business for thirty years, until, on a fateful day, her world turned upside down: in 2009, on the eve of Mother's Day, her son, Gilmar Rafael, had his life taken by a drunk driver. Even in the face of pain and adversity she would not remain silent. She set up along with her husband, the Paz no Trânsito (“Road Peace”) Institute to care for families who shared the sorrows of having lost a beloved one to road traffic violence in Brazil. The institute, idealized to bring comfort and social recovery to these families, provides legal and social assistance, as well as medical and psychological support.

Overall, Ms Yared held more than 2,000 lectures raising awareness, supporting the road safety cause. Nevertheless, Christiane Yared, realized that rather stronger and urgent changes were needed to save lives and, for that, one had to go deeper in the traffic legislation matters. She then decided, in 2014, to run for the Federal Deputy for the Brazilian State of Paraná and was elected with an impressive 200,144 votes. She was actually the most voted candidate in the State. Ms Yared became a member of The Congress Chamber of Deputies (the Brazilian House of Representatives) with the main purpose of bringing up the road traffic safety matter and strengthening the laws. During her mandate, 22 bills were presented, of which 3 have already passed. Among these, the Regulatory Framework of Road Cargo Transport. Christiane Yared shows to women – mothers, housewives, that it is possible to be the change they want, with determination and humility in learning. Yared fights for mothers who may suffer from the same pain she experienced.

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