In Maputo: Brazilian minister advocates more women in positions of power

Em Maputo: Ministra brasileira defende mais mulheres em posições de poder

Brazil's Minister of Racial Equality, Anielle Franco, yesterday in Maputo called for more women in "positions of power", criticizing the lack of "representation and recurring racism" in her country.

"Unfortunately, we live in a country where very few women have access to places of power, of protagonism," said the minister, speaking to the media on the sidelines of a discussion with students from the Pedagogical University in Maputo, as part of her visit to Mozambique.

The minister and the students debated under the slogan "Amefrican paths: strengthening women in spaces of power".

Quoted by Lusa, Anielle Franco also argued that the lack of representation of women in Brazil is due, among other factors, to poor access to education, a problem that mostly affects black women.

According to the Brazilian president, the country has only four black ministers and 12 other black women in Congress, numbers she considers "very few".

"Racism in Brazil is recurrent," she said, noting that every 23 minutes a black person is murdered there.

She also said that she hopes that, through her ministry and the government, there will be more representation in the future, "not only in spaces of power", but that children will grow up knowing that "they can be anywhere".

According to the data provided by the minister, 57% of the Brazilian population is black, of which 30% are women.

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