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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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 (...
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...
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...
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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...

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