Brazilian women march against the far-right

. Sep 30, 2018
women bolsonaro demonstration Women against Bolsonaro in São Paulo

Women represent the biggest hurdle between far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil’s presidency. His rejection rate among female voters is over 50 percent, according to the latest figures from Datafolha, Brazil’s most renowned polling institute. In the month leading up to the October 7 election first-round, women have started to mobilize against Mr. Bolsonaro. 

Brazilian women march against the far-right

At first, their engagement was online, through a Facebook group called &#8220;Women united against Bolsonaro,&#8221; which attracted over 2.5 million members in a couple of days after its creation. The page was hacked by supporters of the election&#8217;s frontrunner, which changed its name to &#8220;Women with Bolsonaro.&#8221; Facebook later took the page off the air, but the mobilization didn&#8217;t give in. Instead, it was transferred to the real world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Groups of women held demonstrations in all Brazilian 27 states (and 63 cities across the world) this Saturday, September 29 &#8211; only eight days before voters cast their ballots. In São Paulo, over 400,000 people (according to the organization) gathered to ask voters not to choose Jair Bolsonaro next weekend.</span></p> <p>&#8220;We don&#8217;t want the return of the military dictatorship, nor do we want <a href="">fascism</a>,&#8221; said the organizers. &#8220;We Brazilian women do not share [Mr. Bolsonaro&#8217;s] values.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_9219" style="width: 760px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-9219" class="size-full wp-image-9219" src="" alt="women bolsonaro demonstration" width="750" height="421" srcset=" 750w, 300w, 610w" sizes="(max-width: 750px) 100vw, 750px" /><p id="caption-attachment-9219" class="wp-caption-text">Women against Bolsonaro <a href="">in</a> Rio de Janeiro</p></div> <p>Mr. Bolsonaro&#8217;s supporters also tried to show strength and held acts in 16 states. They weren&#8217;t, however, nearly as crowded as the protests against the former Army captain.</p> <h2>Brazilian women and the second round</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Barring a catastrophe, Mr. Bolsonaro will face Workers&#8217; Party candidate Fernando Haddad in the runoff stage. And women will be pivotal for the outcome, as they represent 52 percent of the electorate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, there is no &#8220;female vote.&#8221; Women vote in a disperse way &#8211; and wait longer than men to make their pick. Over half of women voters haven&#8217;t chosen their candidates to this day, almost doubling the rate among men.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the importance of women for the success or failure of any presidential hopeful, women&#8217;s issues took the backseat in the campaign. Mr. Bolsonaro mentions women only once in his program, and he couldn&#8217;t be more generic. His proposal to curb violence against women is &#8220;to reduce rape cases,&#8221; through harsher punishment to culprits (including chemical castration).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr. Haddad&#8217;s party, on the other hand, brings more proposals on the issue. Like fighting gender-based income gap, domestic violence, and increasing women&#8217;s participation in politics. But will that be enough to compensate for the anti-Workers&#8217; Party sentiment among wealthier voters, both men and women?</span></p> <hr /> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9217" src="" alt="Brazilian women march against the far-right" width="1024" height="518" srcset=" 1024w, 300w, 768w, 610w, 1122w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><span style="font-weight: 400;">

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