“Why did millions of women say #EleNão (not him) to the then ultraconservative candidate to the Brazilian presidency?” Luiza Carvalho, Regional Director of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean (2014–2019) reflects on the threats to the advancement of human rights in Brazil.
The current Brazilian administration is opposed to teaching children about LGTBI rights in schools and implementing public policies to combat homophobia and other forms of discrimination. The first months of the legislature have been marked by open confrontation with the country’s indigenous population and human rights advocates.
Threats to women’s rights are a pressing concern, not only in Brazil but also in the international community: a conservative agenda is being pushed by a president who was raised Catholic but recently converted to the most electorally profitable faith in Brazil: evangelical Christianity.
Luiza Carvalho (Brazil), Regional Director of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean (2014–2019), has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex and an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, both in the United Kingdom. She also earned degrees in Public Policy Management for Job Creation from the University of Campinas and Planning and Administration from the University of Brasilia, both in Brazil.
Coordinated by: Association of Guatemalan Women (AMG)
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