Empowerment and Culture related to Women in Brazil

Women in Brazil enjoy gifts and compliments, celebrate the day or are involved in activism on International women’s day, March 8. As a way of making women feel valued and appreciated, men are accustomed to saying, “parabéns!” (or congratulations!) to women. On this day, I often remember classmates gifting female teachers some chocolate or flowers, sent from their parents.

Of course, there are those people that post something on Facebook like, “I don’t know why there is this nonsense of Women’s Day?! Everyday is kid’s day, men’s day, women’s day, indigenous day… everyday is everyone’s day!” No, actually it is not. People from different socially constructed backgrounds are not treated equally in society. Inequalities exist regarding rights, opportunities and respect, especially when talking about gender. Most that fail to see and understand this are blinded by their privilege, oblivious or maybe even in denial.

International Women’s Day commemorates the movement towards equal rights for women. And it is IMPORTANT. Especially Brazil, a country with too many female homicide victims, needs attention directed to horrific issues and statistics pointing to injustice. Brazil, a country where the culture of “machismo”, a mixture between male domination and aggression, is still the norm – NEEDS International Women’s Day.

“On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

In Brazil people get involved… enjoy some pictures of women’s marches:

“I march for the legalization of abortion” – Women are dying because of the criminalization of abortion.
Women’s March in Manaus, Amazon
Woman with child in Manaus, Amazon
2017 in Brasília, the Capitol
“You don’t have to be anti-men to be pro-women” – Women’s March in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais

You don’t need to march but get involved too!

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Feminism and International Women’s Day

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I am a first generation Brazilian! I was born and raised in the megalopolis of São Paulo, while my parents are U.S. Americans from Michigan. I loved the idea of being a real dual citizen and I decided to go study Comparative Cultures and Politics at Michigan State University. My topics of interest and focus included, social and international development, environmental sustainability, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, the arts and education. Brazil has my heart, so eventually I moved home after graduation. I am a passionate activist for social equality, mental health and love. I have worked with education and development not-for-profit programs, research and writing, film, healing techniques and now with art, culture, sustainability and fair-trade at TheFOB.