On the day that 100,000 women from all over Brazil occupied Brasília for the 7th March of the Daisies, the Federal Senate approved, this Tuesday (15), Bill No. 63/2018, which inscribes the name of Margarida Maria Alves in the Book of Heroes and Heroines of the Homeland. Authored by Congresswoman Maria do Rosário (PT-RS), the article now goes to presidential approval.
The Paraíba rural worker Margarida Maria Alves was one of the first women to hold a union leadership position in the country, being persecuted by landowners and murdered on August 12, 1983, at the door of her home, in the municipality of Alagoa Grande (PB). ). The militant names the Marcha das Margaridas, whose 7th edition began this Tuesday (15th), in Brasília, and continues until Wednesday (16th).
Coordinated by the National Confederation of Rural Workers, Farmers and Family Farmers (Contag), the March is an action by women from the countryside, forests and waters to gain visibility before public authorities and social recognition.
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Tuesday’s schedule (15)
This Tuesday morning, the event opened with a formal session held at the Federal Senate. In the evening, the participants gathered at the Exhibition Pavilion in Parque da Cidade, for the official political and cultural opening.
“We are only here because we were able to put in his place the person who challenged our democracy, because, without democracy, there is no way to march. Without democracy, what they do is try to silence us”, exclaimed Marina Silva, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, referring to the period of the Bolsonaro government (2019-2022).
Applauded by the audience, the Minister of Culture, Margareth Menezes, ended her speech singing “Nos bailes da vida”, a composition by Milton Nascimento and Paulinho Moska.
The opening of the event, held on Tuesday night, was attended by ministers Sonia Guajajara (Indigenous Peoples), Margareth Menezes (Culture), Márcio Macedo (General Secretariat of the Presidency), Anielle Franco (Racial Equality), Cida Gonçalves ( Women), Nísia Trindade (Health), Paulo Pimenta (Secretary of Social Communication), Wellington Dias (Development and Social Assistance, Family and Combating Hunger), Ana Moser (Sport), Luciana Santos (Science, Technology and Innovation) and Marina Silva (Environment and Climate Change), in addition to the governor of Rio Grande do Norte, Fátima Bezerra (PT).
Throughout this Tuesday (15), workshops, conversation circles, national family farming exhibition and cultural presentations were held at the Exhibition Pavilion.
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Walk this Wednesday (16), with the presence of Lula
On Wednesday (16), at 7 am, the demonstrators will march towards the Esplanada dos Ministérios, where an act will take place near the National Congress with the presence of President Lula, who will present the government’s response to the March Agenda das Margaridas 2023, delivered by the group in June this year to the National Congress and the government.
Among the claims, the movement calls for the resumption of public policies dismantled in recent years, in addition to the construction of new policies. Among the main agendas are demands related to supporting women’s production in family farming, work and social security, health, education and fighting violence. In the latter, they request the creation and operation of the National Forum for the Elaboration of Policies to Combat Violence against Women in the Countryside and Forests.
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Watch the opening of the 7th Marcha das Margaridas:
*With information from Flávia Quirino
Editing: Rodrigo Chagas