Dira Paes is a Brazilian actress and human rights activitst. Her career has spanned over 7 TV series, 7 novels, and 37 feature films. Among the numerous awards and nominations she has received, Paes won the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the Festival de Brasilia for Corisco & Dadá and Anahy de las Misiones, respectively, as well as the Best Actress at the 2013 for Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro for À Beira do Caminho.
Dira is also one of the founders of the NGO Human Rights Movement (MHuD), which has developed a series of activities for peace and human rights. It looks specifically at the problems of slave labor, abuse of children and adolescents, issues of quilombolas, the environment and indigenous peoples.