The women of Minas Gerais intend to take to the streets on March 8, the date that marks the International Day of Women’s Struggle. Having carried out symbolic actions in recent years, due to the covid-19 pandemic, this year the Frente Brasil Popular Minas Gerais convenes a street protest in the capital of Minas Gerais, in Praça da Liberdade, at 4:30 pm.
“This year, our act will be on the streets, with many women. In recent months, we have already experienced street acts, not only in Belo Horizonte, but throughout Brazil”, explains Bruna Camilo, one of the organizers of the demonstration.
The reason for organizing a street act is also, according to Bruna, the worsening of the general situation the country is going through. “Women are dying from gender violence, because of hunger, racism, LGBTphobia,” she laments.
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The organizers of the demonstration believe that this worsening is linked to the federal government, under Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), and to the Minas Gerais government, administered by Romeu Zema (Novo). Thus, the main banners are the denunciation of both rulers, under the motto “Bolsonaro Never Again”.
Acts also take place in cities in the interior of Minas. Disclosure is available on Instagram @frentebrasilpopularmg.
On March 8th of this year, in Belo Horizonte, cultural groups from the city will participate, which have already been integrating feminist manifestations very strongly since 2018. In 2019, for example, more than 30 carnival blocks built and attended the 8th of March.
For this year’s act, the duo Dois Lados, the samba group Batuque Beauvoir, the carnival artist Carol Nogueira (Abalô-caxi block) and the singers Amorina, Izza Gabi Salomão (Pisa na Fulô block) and Amanda Coimbra (block Lavo is New).
“The act will be a procession of joy and struggle, with lots of music, drumming, announcing that we are still alive and well”, anticipates Lara Sousa, a member of the group of cyclists Terça das Manas, of the Truck do Desire block and an ally of the Lesbian Walk and BH bisexuals.
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“March 8 mobilizes women from different social, cultural and economic categories, because we understand that our rights and achievements are always constantly threatened”, adds Lara.
How does politics influence the daily lives of women?
Of every 100 black women in Brazil, at least 20 are looking for a job. Among non-black women, the level is 13 unemployed Brazilians for every 100. information is from the Inter-union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (Dieese) about the year 2021.
In addition to the sad rate, women are the most impacted by the increase in the price of food, rent, gas, gasoline and household bills, such as electricity. This is because they are the ones who bear the greatest responsibility for the survival of their children and the house.
Most of the reasons that led to this reality were political decisions, says Sônia Maranho, a member of the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB). For example, the price of energy – which tends to rise even more – is linked to the privatization of the Eletrobras system, the price of gas and gasoline is related to the sale of parts of Petrobras.
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In addition, the government has been taking decisions to weaken public education and public health (Sistema Único de Saúde). Which, once again, should fall on their shoulders.
“The Bolsonaro government was the worst for women of this generation,” says Sônia. “Women’s lives to cook food have worsened, domestic accidents have increased, because there is no gas to use in the stoves, and hunger has increased”.
“In Defense of Our Lives”
The National Articulation of Women Bolsonaro Never Again released a manifesto in early February agreeing with Sonia’s assessment. In view of the current scenario, the letter calls for not only women, but everyone who cares about the situation in the country to act to denounce the federal government and the figure of Jair Bolsonaro.
“We are millions and from all corners of this country! We never left the streets against Bolsonaro and on them we will continue to defend our lives,” she announces. The letter is signed by more than 40 movements and associations.
Source: BdF Minas Gerais
Editing: Larissa Costa