Monday 20 November 2017

Brazil 'sexist', says its first female leader

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff

Associated Press

Brazil is a country "still sexist and prejudiced", its first woman president says.

In comments on Twitter marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Dilma Rousseff said crimes against women have "shamed" Brazil.

Rousseff tweeted yesterday that "combating violence against women is a precondition for a more just, egalitarian and citizen-friendly nation."

Brazil enacted a 2006 law aimed at curbing domestic violence. But a recent report in Rio de Janeiro's 'O Globo' newspaper said that rates of women killed through domestic violence were higher in 2011 than 10 years earlier.

Rousseff assumed Brazil's highest office in 2011. Despite her success, women remain grossly under-represented in Brazilian politics and business.

Irish Independent

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