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The "women not afraid to fight" movement. Image courtesy of Mídia Ninja
Thursday, October 06, 2022
Brazil’s ghost candidates: How politicians abuse a law meant to encourage women in politics
Despite being 53% of eligible voters, participation of women in Brazilian politics is still much lower compared to men. A law created in the 1990s aimed to increase the number of female candidates per election, but the law has been abused by...
A seller of derivative merchandise of the presidential candidates Lula and Bolsonaro, in Rio de Janeiro, September 27, 2022. ERNESTO BENAVIDES / AFP
Friday, September 30, 2022
More women and Indigenous candidates in the running for Brazil elections
In addition to their president, Brazilians will elect 513 members of parliament, one-third of the 81 senators and the country's 27 governors on Sunday. Brazil's elections have been overshadowed for a long time by the "clash of the titans" Luiz...
Juliana Mittelbach hopes to be the first Black woman to hold office in Paraná state | Mittelbach campaign committee (Open Democracy)
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
More Black women are running for office in Brazil than ever. Can they win?
Juliana Mittelbach, a 40-year-old hospital nurse from the city of Curitiba, Brazil, had long considered a career in politics until the COVID-19 crisis forced a decision. She had noticed it was “mostly Black people” who died. “They were the ones who...
En Brasil, las amenazas a candidatas se han vuelto frecuentes| Imagen: Luís Gustavo Moreira Carmo / Global Voices
Monday, August 29, 2022
In Brazil's election year, women in politics denounce recurring threats
Parliamentarians draw attention to messages with insults and death threats. With the first round of the presidential elections on Oct. 2 approaching, cisgender, transgender, and travestis in women involved in Brazilian politics have been denouncing...
Representative budgeting: women mayors and the composition of spending in local governments - Picture: Sage Journals
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Representative budgeting: women mayors and the composition of spending in local governments
One potential consequence of increasing women’s numeric representation is that women elected officials will behave differently than their men counterparts and improve women’s substantive representation. This study examines whether electing women to...
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Leandre Dal Ponte
Leandre Dal Ponte is a Member of Parliament from Brazil. This interview was conducted in March 2019 in the margins of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York.
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Increases in women’s political representation associated with reductions in child mortality in Brazil
We assessed the effects of female political representation on mortality among children younger than age five in Brazil and the extent to which this effect operates through coverage with conditional cash transfers and primary care services. We...
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Ahead of Brazil’s municipal elections, novel legal requirements can elevate women’s participation in politics
In October 2020, Brazilians will head to the polls to elect new mayors and city counselors in thousands of municipalities across the country. For the first time in history, Brazil’s thirty-five individual political parties will be required by law to...
Friday, April 12, 2019
Was money to help women in Brazil’s politics funneled to men?
Cleuzenir Barbosa, a retired teacher, was fed up with Brazil’s corrupt politics. She was also an avid supporter of Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right politician who won the presidency last year on the promise to clean up the capital. So when a member of...
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...

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