Bill 3/2023, authored by federal deputy Maria do Rosário (PT), titled “No is No”, was approved this Tuesday (7) in a symbolic vote. The project that creates a protocol to prevent violence against women in public establishments, especially entertainment, and assistance to victims, was renamed with the seal “We Will Not Be Silenced – Safe Women”, inspired by the Spanish initiative “No Callem”.
In the Plenary, the rapporteur was in charge of Senator Augusta Brito (PT-CE). Approved as a substitute, the matter returns to the Chamber of Deputies for analysis.
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The approved text was based on the substitute presented by senator Mara Gabrilli (PSD-SP) to the Human Rights Commission (CDH), drawn up based on the measures provided for in six other projects that were processed jointly: PL 394/2023, by Jorge Kajuru (PSB-GO); PL 399/2023, by Styvenson Valentim (Podemos-RN); PL 544/2023, by Marcelo Castro (MDB-PI); PL 785/2023, by Carlos Viana (Podemos-MG); PL 906/2023, by Flávio Arns (PSB-PR) and, finally, PL 3/2023, initiated by deputy Maria do Rosário (PT-RS), which has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies and, therefore , had regimental preference.
The project aims to guarantee the safety and dignity of women in these spaces, and is inspired by the “No Callem” Protocol in Barcelona, the result of a partnership between the Catalan city’s City Hall and women’s movements. The protocol aims to combat conduct such as rape, harassment and sexual harassment, as well as “any other form of violence or embarrassment of a sexual nature, including non-consensual physical contact, swearing, humiliation or insistent and overt flirting, which causes injury, suffering or discomfort to the victim”, according to the text.
“Another important achievement in the fight for women’s rights. Our PL approved in the Senate, now returns to the Chamber, where we will continue the debates on this project. Approving the protocol No is No is guaranteeing and conquering freedom and the right to go and come to all women, always safe, in all leisure spaces. We continue in this fight together. For all of us!”, highlighted deputy Maria do Rosário.
In her opinion, Senator Augusta Brito praised Parliament’s sensitivity in the actions of Senators Jorge Kajuru, Styvenson Valentim, Marcelo Castro, Carlos Viana and Flávio Arns in proposing measures similar to the one adopted in Barcelona, as well as Senator Mara Gabrilli who “brought together elements of all of them with the aim of offering the greatest possible protection to combat sexual and gender-based violence in leisure and similar contexts”.
How it should work
The “We will not be silent” seal must be implemented in nightclubs, nightclubs, dance clubs, shows, musical shows, sporting events, rodeos and similar events open to the public with the sale of alcoholic beverages. Membership will be optional for other commercial establishments, which will have the right to display the seal, and will be complemented by educational campaigns under the responsibility of the Union and federative entities.
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The protocol creates a dynamic to be adopted to avoid the worsening of potential violent situations, preserving the integrity of the victim. The measures envisaged include speedy assistance to the victim, guarantee of protection by the establishment’s team, removal of the aggressor, monitoring by a person of their choice and safe means of transport when leaving the establishment.
Organizers of events and leisure facilities must keep someone on their team informed about the protocol, publicize channels for activating protective measures and preserve the location of the incident for the adoption of police measures. Professionals at the establishment or event must be alert to signs of vulnerability to sexual violence due to the consumption of alcohol or other substances and, in these cases, take the appropriate measures.
* With information from Agência Senado.
Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Katia Marko