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Brazil | International Women’s Day

Brazil | International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day: Minister Cida Gonçalves Delivers Statement

“Tomorrow, March 8, is the day to honor all women in the world. Women who want much more than flowers. They demand, above all, respect,” Minister Cida Gonçalves.

In a televised address aired on Thursday, March 7, Minister Cida Gonçalves marked the eve of International Women’s Day with a comprehensive statement, highlighting the significance of the occasion and outlining strides made for women’s rights in Brazil under President Lula’s administration.

“In Brazil, we have a lot to celebrate. The Ministry of Women – and the other ministries of the Federal Government led by President Lula – are working to ensure that every day is Women’s Day for Heads of families, housewives, businesswomen, entrepreneurs, rural and urban workers, of all races and creeds,” stated the Minister.

Highlighting the upcoming celebration on March 8, Minister Gonçalves articulated a message resonating beyond mere recognition, highlighting the demand for respect as a paramount aspiration for women worldwide.

 

 

 

 

For the first time, Brazil has an exclusive ministry for women. Last year, the department led efforts that led to the approval of the Equal Pay Law between women and men, the creation of the Menstrual Dignity Program, the coordination of federated entities in favor of greater political participation by women, among other achievements.

Within the Brazilian context, Minister Gonçalves celebrated the concerted efforts of the Ministry of Women and other federal government ministries led by President Lula in fostering an environment where every day is Women’s Day. She recognized the diverse roles women play in Brazilian society, ranging from heads from families to entrepreneurs, underscoring their indispensable contributions across various sectors.

Notable achievements were highlighted, including initiatives such as Bolsa Família, Minha Casa Minha Vida, and Pé de Meia Program, all tailored to support women in diverse aspects of their lives, from financial security to educational opportunities for their children. President Lula’s commitment to addressing menstruation-related challenges faced by young girls through the Menstrual Dignity program was also commended.

Addressing the pressing issue of gender-based violence, Minister Gonçalves outlined governmental strategies, including the National Pact for the Prevention of Femicides and the establishment of Brazilian Women’s Homes, aimed at providing refuge and specialized services for women experiencing violence.

Legal advancements, such as enhancements to the Maria da Penha Law, were hailed as pivotal steps towards protecting women’s rights and ensuring their safety. Minister Gonçalves underscored the government’s dedication to closing the gender pay gap and empowering women in the workforce, citing legislative measures and financial support tailored to women entrepreneurs and rural workers.

In closing, Minister Gonçalves reiterated the ongoing commitment of President Lula’s administration to foster an environment of respect, dignity, equality, and autonomy for all Brazilian women. She extended warm wishes for International Women’s Day to all, highlighting the collective journey towards further progress and empowerment.

The statement, delivered on the cusp of International Women’s Day, serves as a testament to Brazil’s dedication to advancing gender equality and uplifting women across the nation.

Federal Government launches policy package for women this Friday, March 8

Actions include the inauguration of the Casa da Mulher Brasileira and Reference Center, investment in electronic ankle bracelets for aggressors and a program that inserts young women into the job market.

The Ministry of Women is preparing a package with the main policies and actions for women to be launched this March 8th, when International Women’s Day is celebrated.

The package reinforces policies to combat violence against women, gender-based political violence, equal pay between men and women, among other actions to promote economic autonomy and women’s participation in spaces of power and decision-making.

 

 

 

 

Addressing Gender-Based Violence: Brazilian Government Initiatives

As part of ongoing efforts to combat violence against women, the Brazilian government is set to inaugurate the Brazilian Women’s House in Teresina (PI) on March 8th, followed by another inauguration in Ananindeua (PA) on March 26th. Additional units in Palmas (TO), Macapá (AP), Vila Velha (ES), Aracaju (SE), and Goiânia (GO) are slated for delivery in the latter half of the year.

This Friday, the Jataí Brazilian Women’s Reference Center will open its doors in Goiás, followed by the launch of another center in Cidade Oeste (GO) on Monday (11). A total of 13 new centers are expected to be opened throughout 2024, with locations spanning from Santo Antônio do Descoberto (GO) to Sol Nascente (DF).

Investment in electronic ankle monitors is also a priority for the Ministry of Women, with R$10 million allocated to support states in acquiring these devices. This initiative, aligned with the Maria da Penha Law, aims to safeguard women from their aggressors. This funding supplements the R$3.9 million already distributed to nine Brazilian states, including Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Acre, Bahia, Tocantins, Amazonas, Sergipe, and Alagoas.

The Women of Peace program, designed to train leaders in combating gender-based violence and misogyny, is another critical initiative under the National Program for Public Security with Citizenship (Pronasci). This program will receive R$10 million from the Ministry of Women, supplemented by investments of R$20 million from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

March 19 will mark the launch of the National Action Plan of the National Pact to Prevent Femicides, established in August 2023. This plan aims to prevent all forms of discrimination, misogyny, and gender-based violence against women and girls through comprehensive government actions.

New Initiative Launched: Indigenous Women Weaving Good Living Program

In a significant move, the Ministries of Women and Indigenous Peoples have joined forces to introduce the Indigenous Women Weaving Good Living Program. The announcement was formalized through a joint ordinance published in the Official Gazette of the Union on this auspicious Friday, the 8th of March, coinciding with International Women’s Day.

The program sets forth ambitious objectives aimed at empowering indigenous women economically and socially. It seeks to foster socioeconomic initiatives led by groups of indigenous women, promote their active participation and leadership within their communities, and establish robust networks for collective action and protection. The overarching goals include advancing rights, preventing violence, and ultimately, enhancing the well-being of indigenous women across the nation.

Women’s Empowerment Initiatives Take Center Stage

In a series of significant developments aimed at bolstering women’s presence in spaces of power and decision-making, several key announcements have been made:

Launch of the National Policy to Combat Political Violence against Women: Scheduled for March 27th, this milestone event will be accompanied by the signing of a Technical Cooperation Agreement involving prominent entities such as TSE, PGE, MPF, and CNJ. The agreement aims to establish a comprehensive care protocol tailored to address instances of political violence against women.

Strengthening Women’s Secretariats: A notice has been issued for the structuring of state and district Women’s secretariats, with a total budget of R$3 million. Of this, R$2.1 million is earmarked for investments, while R$900,000 will be allocated for funding agreements with the Ministry of Women, underscoring the commitment to enhancing support structures for women across the nation.

Support for Political Training Projects: With an investment of R$4 million, a notice has been unveiled to support political training projects targeting women. Titled “Equality of Decision and Power for Women,” this initiative, set to launch this month, aims to amplify women’s participation in spheres of influence and decision-making. Emphasizing collaboration with civil society organizations, the initiative reflects a concerted effort to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment at all levels of governance.

Promoting Equality in the Workplace and Economic Independence

A slew of initiatives have been launched to foster gender equality and economic autonomy, particularly targeting women in marginalized communities:

Asas pro Futuro Program: Geared towards amplifying the participation of young women from peripheral areas in sectors such as technology, energy, infrastructure, logistics, transport, science, and innovation, this program emphasizes careers centered on socioeconomic sustainability.

Aimed at young women aged 15 to 29 facing social vulnerability, with a preference for black and indigenous women, the program plans investments of R$10 million annually, catering to approximately 20,000 beneficiaries.

In collaboration with the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, the initiative garners support from Caixa Econômica Federal, under the auspices of its vice-presidency of Sustainability and Digital Citizenship.

Empowering Women in IT: Through a cooperation agreement with the Federal Data Processing Service (Serpro), social investments totaling R$500 thousand are allocated to serve around 500 women.

Energia Mais Mulher Program: This initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Mines and Energy, aims to bolster women’s careers in the energy sector while encouraging the entry of young women.

The agreement includes provisions for a 30% reservation in professional qualification courses and a 50% allocation in social training for young women in MME partnerships.

Elas Exportam: In collaboration with the Ministry of Development, Industry, Commerce, and Services (MDIC), this cooperation agreement reserves positions in the export sector and foreign trade domain for women.

Partnerships with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI): Public notices are issued to support projects fostering the entry, training, and retention of girls and women in Exact Sciences, Engineering, and Computing.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Women, in conjunction with the Federal Institute of São Paulo, is spearheading a pilot project dubbed “Elas nas Exatas” in the Alta Paulista region of São Paulo state.

This initiative aims to inspire young students from public schools to pursue STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), with plans to cater to approximately 500 youths. Signed in December of the previous year, the partnership is set to commence implementation in April.

National Strategy Aims to Empower Female Entrepreneurs

In a concerted effort to bolster female entrepreneurship and its role in driving economic development and social progress, the Ministry of Women, in collaboration with the Ministry of Entrepreneurship, Microenterprise, and Small Business (MEMP), is set to unveil the Elas Empreendem Strategy. This public policy initiative is meticulously crafted to amplify the presence and impact of women in the entrepreneurial landscape of the country.

The Elas Empreendem Strategy zeroes in on microentrepreneurship, envisioning a comprehensive array of measures aimed at broadening access to credit, fostering financial literacy, facilitating market entry, promoting technology and innovation, addressing issues related to motherhood, diversity, and vulnerability. By integrating various public policies and engaging civil society entities, the strategy is poised to ensure that its interventions permeate to the grassroots level, empowering women across the socio-economic spectrum.

Complementing this initiative, the Ministry of Women is also spearheading a collaboration with Sebrae, focused on implementing strategic interventions to fortify the ecosystem for women entrepreneurs, thereby catalyzing growth within the sector at a national scale.

Health Initiatives in Focus

Expanding Women’s Health Services: Building upon a successful pilot program in Recife, Pernambuco in 2023, the Ministry of Health is gearing up for the nationwide rollout of cervical cancer screening tests, slated to commence in the latter half of 2024. Additionally, plans for the introduction of national HPV molecular testing are set to kick off in August of this year, marking a significant stride in advancing women’s health across the country.

Establishment of Support Forums:

  1. National Forum for the Development of Public Policies for Women in the Hip-Hop Movement.
  2. Permanent National Forum for Dialogue on the Promotion of Strategies to Strengthen Public Policies for Quilombola Women.
  3. Forum to Promote Strategies and Strengthen Public Policies for Economic Autonomy and Care for Women in Fishing, Artisanal Aquaculture, and Shellfish Farms.
  4. Permanent National Forum to Combat Violence against Women in the Countryside, Forest, and Water.

Partnerships for Change: The “Brazil without Misogyny” initiative has forged strategic partnerships with Correios and Sebrae, signaling a collective resolve to combat gender-based discrimination and foster an environment of inclusivity and equality.

On March 20th, Sebrae joins the Brazil without Misogyny initiative, along with other joint partnerships linked to strengthening female entrepreneurship.

On the same date, the Ministry of Women signs a Technical Cooperation Agreement with Correios that aims to promote public benefit campaigns on combating misogyny for the company’s internal and external public and training on the topic of combating violence against women.

The actions are led by the Ministry of Women, which has the participation of the ministries of Justice and Public Security, Mines and Energy, Development, Industry, Commerce and Services, Science, Technology and Innovation, Health, Entrepreneurship, Microenterprise and Small Businesses, the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, Caixa Econômica Federal, Sebrae and the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) and the Post Office.

 


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