Rafael Vilela

Photographer
   
Motogirl, a Gig Economy Story from Brazil
Location: São Paulo, Brasil
Nationality: Brazilian
Biography: vilelaovilela@gmail.com Rafael Vilela is an independent Brazilian photographer currently reporting on social injustice and the environmental crisis in his country. He was one of the founders of Midia NINJA , an initiative that today has more than... MORE
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Motogirl, a Gig Economy Story from Brazil
Copyright Rafael Vilela 2022
Date of Work Feb 2022 - Mar 2022
Updated Sep 2022
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Juliana Iemanjara dos Santos is a 34 years old black woman from the outskirts of São Paulo who faces racism and sexism every day on her motorcycle in a city dominated by cars. She's a motogirl working for apps like Uber delivering food while struggling to sustain her family.
Juliana Iemanjara dos Santos is a 34 years old black woman from the outskirts of São Paulo who faces racism and sexism every day on her motorcycle in a city dominated by cars. She works as a motogirl (ter used to identify woman delivery girls) for Uber, iFood, LalaMove, ClickEntrega, and AppJusto since 2019. She raises her two children alone, with the help of her mother, in the Vila Inglesa neighborhood in the South Zone. To supplement her income she also works as a freelancer in bars, as well as selling products over the internet and candy around the neighborhood. Her average monthly income is R$4500. With a degree in human relations and accounting, she dreams of studying more to help the deliverers' movements and also to buy her own house.

This report followed Juliana during three days of work delivering food, taking care of her children and riding around the city on her motorcycle. Besides having conducted an in-depth interview with Juliana. This story was financed by The Fairwork project, based at the Oxford Internet Institute and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center to highlighting labour practices in the platform economy.

"You work all day carrying food on your back, and you're often hungry. Motoboys don’t respect other motoboys either (motoboy is a term to identify motorcycle delivery workers) If they see a woman riding it's even worse. On the street you have to be unruly. There is nowhere to run. You will suffer. The risk already exists just by the fact that we leave our house and ride our motorcycles on the street. Our body is like the bumper of the cars, we have no protection." 
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