#ELENĀO CAMPAIGN IS TAKING OFF AGAINST ULTRA-RIGHT WING CANDIDATE
BBC explainer on why women in Brazil are weary of Bolsonaro
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Protests against candidate Jair Bolsonaro are taking place today in 40 Brazilian cities. About 14 protests nationwide in favor of Bolsonaro.
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What kind of man would beat up a woman, especially one he ostensibly loves?
A great many Brazilian men, unfortunately.
North America and Europe are aflame with the #metoo movement, in which women are calling out men for unwanted advances, inappropriate touching, or trying to use their workplace power to extort sex. Powerful men, including several US legislators, have been toppled over allegations of harassment. Through a letter, a group of French women started wondering if #metoo is going too far and working against the cause by inadvertently portraying women as eternally powerless victims. Already this year, the back and forth between adherents of these two different views has produced an avalanche of news, comments, and social media analysis in Brazil.
FemiDriver, a newly launched app in the Northeastern state of Paraiba, connects women drivers to women passengers through an app. Starting on May 14, women in Paraiba will have the choice of being driven by a female driver, avoiding any possible verbal or physical harassment by male drivers. FemDrive CEO Claucione Lemos said she launched the app after learning of numerous cases of sexual harassment against female passengers. The entire company is made of female executives.
In Sao Paulo, LadyDriver is already a hit. LD CEO tells the story of how she started her business after enduring a frightening situation with a cab driver and the difficulty of finding a female driver in a male-domanitaed business. From the passenger’s to the driver’s point of view, one can witness the daily harassment and dangerous situations Brazilian women encounter on a daily basis to just get from point a to point b. This service is completely designed to save women from dangerous situations including a panic button and other security measures. The Mayor’s office approved their license on May 8th and demands are increasing not only within Brazilian territory but even in Portugal.
Over the past three years, feminist movements have come out of the political sidelines in leftist social movements and gained new force and energy. The recent murder of a black feminist has helped galvanize the movement recently, after growing attacks against feminist by supporters of the right-wing government.
BRAZILIAN MACHISMO ISIS STYLE
As violence reaches alarming levels, women are used as scapegoat and become the main target in the daily, brutal crossfire in the war against drugs. The situation is particularly dire in the Northeastern state of Ceara where the two main drug factions Commando Vermelho and Guardiões do Estado are at war. Earlier this year, drug lords released a video that shocked the nation showing there women being tortured before being decapitated. Official studies state there was a 300 percent increase of murders of women in Ceara and state officials are calling these target killings as feminicide. Here is the latest from El Pais.
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- In 2015, 11 Brazilian states did not register these crimes under Brazil’s gender discrimination laws;
- The Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte has the highest rates of murders of women: 8,4 per 100,000 women.
- See below the Globo story in Portuguese:
More than 4.473 women were murdered in 2017, a 6,5% increase since 2016, the Globo study alleges. This means that one woman is murdered every two hours in Brazil. The numbers could be higher given the lagging reporting and bureaucracy which hinder investigations.
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“Alarming, ” in the words of United Nations Secretary-General.