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Friday, February 08, 2019
Brazilian politician under fire for showing too much cleavage in Parliament
A female lawmaker who attended a swearing-in ceremony in a business suit accentuating her breasts is causing a furor in Brazil — a deeply conflicted country that recently elected an ultra-conservative president but is also known for skimpy swimsuits...
Monday, November 05, 2018
Joenia Wapichana: Brazil's first indigenous woman voted to Congress
Sao Paulo - Joenia Wapichana never thought she would get into politics. The 43-year-old indigenous lawyer also never imagined she'd make history, not just once but on three occasions. But when she saw an "extreme, urgent necessity" to protect the...
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Violence against women in politics
By Adriana Jacob, Six months after the murder of Councilwoman Marielle Franco, the causes behind the act and those responsible for the crime remain unknown. A young black woman born on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, she was gaining prominence in...
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Brazil votes on Sunday. And Brazilian women have a better chance at reshaping its politics than ever before
With just one week to go before Brazil’s Oct. 7 presidential elections, up to 10 percent of the country’s male voters remain undecided — and roughly 19 percent of female voters. Many voters and observers, both inside and outside Brazil, are worried...
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Will women decide the Brazilian election? The potential impact of female voters and candidates
Polls suggest that women may play a decisive role in determining who wins the presidential race in Brazil this October. As many as two-thirds of women are currently undecided, and 60 percent reject one of the current front-runners, Congressman Jair...
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Brazil women bring fight against sexism on to political agenda
When a leftwing female congresswoman was described as too ugly to be raped, Manuela D’Avila’s stomach turned. The speaker was Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian far rightwing congressman and presidential candidate. That feeling only worsened after the...
Monday, March 19, 2018
Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and critic of police brutality, murdered
Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco was on her way home Wednesday evening when she and her driver were shot and killed on the road. The 38-year-old left-leaning politician was an outspoken critic of police brutality, according to The...
Monday, October 03, 2016
Brazil: The City 50-50 Platform
UN Women launched www.cidade5050.org.br where candidates will be able to make public commitments to gender equality. The project was developed in a partnership between UN Women Brazil, the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), the Patrícia Galvão Institute...
Monday, October 03, 2016
City 50-50 Platform encourages gender parity in power spheres in Brazil
UN Women launched www.cidade5050.org.br where candidates will be able to make public commitments to gender equality. The project was developed in a partnership between UN Women Brazil, the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), the Patrícia Galvão Institute...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Reactions in Brazil after the horrendous raping of a 16-year old girl in Rio de Janeiro
After the brutal raping of a 16-year old girl by 30 men in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, different women's groups have carried out actions of rejection, as this demonstration in Goiania. The victim, who said she believed she would die, is now trying to...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The reasons behind Temer's white men-only government in Brazil
New article published in The Atlantic explores the reasons behind Michel Temer’s decision to establish a white men only government in Brazil. The fact that the new government of Brazil is only made up by white men caused many commentators to...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, first high-rank female in Temer's administration
After being harshly criticized for the complete absence of women in his government, Brazil’s Acting President, Michel Temer, have decided to put Maria Silvia Bastos Marques in charge of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). Holding a Ph.D. in...
Monday, May 16, 2016
Impeachment process in Brazil led to new government made up only by wealthy white men
Dilma Rousseff, 36th President of Brazil, has been suspended since 12 May 2016 in the context of an impeachment process that led to former Vice President Michel Temer to assume the presidential powers and duties as Acting President. The new...
Friday, February 19, 2016
13th AWID International Forum on Women's Rights and Development
The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) will host its 13th international forum on women’s rights and development, "Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice", in Brazil from 8 to 11 Septembery, 2016. 2,000...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Why has Dilma Rousseff promoted so few women?
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff will soon submit nominations for senior positions to the Congress for approval. Positions up for nomination include directors at the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) and a judge on the Brazilian Supreme Court (Supremo...
Quotas for female politicians, elections in Brazil
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Do Quotas for Female Politicians Work?
Photo-Paulo Whitaker/Reuters SÃO PAULO—This year, for the first time in Brazil’s history, two women—incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and former environment minister Marina Silva—had a serious chance of winning the presidency. Marina, who sought...
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Marina Silva becomes formidable opponent in Brazil poll
Photo-AFP Some accused it of being predictable and even boring - a presidential election in which the incumbent was all but guaranteed of being re-elected without, perhaps, even the need for a second round of voting. But then tragedy intervened and...
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Latest Brazil Polls: Dilma Support Inches Higher
Support for Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has edged higher in the latest polls, following a sharp fall earlier this year, but rising inflation could hurt her prospects. We invite our users to read the full article published on July 9th 2014.