Number of the week

Brazil lags far behind on women’s participation in politics

In the political arena, achieving gender equality is a long way away for Brazil

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Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we show that in politics, achieving gender equality is a long way away for Brazil.

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Brazil’s global rank in women’s participation in politics

In December last year, São Paulo state congressman Fernando Cury was accused of having sexually harassed congresswoman Isa Penna. Mr. Cury was caught on state legislature house cameras groping Ms. Pena’s back during a plenary session. However, it was only this Monday, almost a year after the incident, that the state directorship of...

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