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Fri Sep 21, 2018, 11:55 AM

'Stop this disaster': Brazilian women mobilise against 'misogynist' far-right Bolsonaro

Source: Guardian


Jair Bolsonaro, who has called women idiots and issued taunts about rape, could be the next president. For the 2.5m women who joined a new Facebook group, something had to be done

Tom Phillips in Recife
Fri 21 Sep 2018 11.24 EDT

He has mocked women as idiots and as tramps, as unworthy of rape, let alone equal pay. Within weeks he could be crowned president of a country that is home to 108 million of them.

But with Brazil’s highly polarized 7 October election looming, huge numbers of Brazilian women are now mobilizing to derail the presidential bid of the far-right frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, who is leading polls with about 26% of intended votes.

“We need everyone to pull together to stop this disaster happening to our country,” said Maíra Motta, a 40-year-old philosophy teacher from the city of Vitória da Conquista.

Motta is one of more than 2.5 million women who have in recent days joined a Facebook campaign to stop Bolsonaro in his tracks. Ludimilla Teixeira, a 36-year-old advertising executive, said she had founded the group – Mulheres Unidas Contra Bolsonaro or Women United Against Bolsonaro – on 30 August as a platform to coordinate protests against politicians with “misogynist, prejudiced and truly fascist” ideas. Within 24 hours it had accumulated 600,000 members.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/21/brazilian-women-against-jair-bolosonaro-misogynist-far-right-candidate

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Fri Sep 21, 2018, 09:18 PM

1. Millions of Women Join Forces in Brazil to Fight Back Against 'Misogynist" and 'Truly Fascist' Presi

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Friday, September 21, 2018
byCommon Dreams

Millions of Women Join Forces in Brazil to Fight Back Against 'Misogynist" and 'Truly Fascist' Presidential Candidate
"We need everyone to pull together to stop this disaster happening to our country."

byJulia Conley, staff writer

Millions of women are coming together to lead the charge against right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, joining the #NotHim movement amid growing anger over his misogynistic and fascist policies that have led many to compare him to U.S. President Donald Trump.

As the country heads for an October 7 general election, women have mobilized to speak out against Bolsonaro's attacks on their rights and ever-larger crowds are expected at upcoming rallies to denounce him.

The candidate, who is leading recent polls with 26 percent of likely voters backing him in a crowded field, has proudly stated his opposition to equal pay for women and has expressed a desire to roll back women's right to abortion care. He's been condemned by the country's Superior Court of Justice for misogynist comments he made about Congresswoman Maria do Rosario, and has dismissed women as "idiots"—statements that many women, who make up 52 percent of Brazil's population, vow he will regret come election day.

"We need everyone to pull together to stop this disaster happening to our country," one woman, Maíra Motta, told The Guardian.

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