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Dilma Rousseff: Brazil's First Woman President
KPFA Radio Station's Women's Magazine (Berkeley, California) interviewed Cecilia Sardenberg on her thoughts as a feminist on President Rousseff's election and her hopes for the future.
Launch of the 'Best Practice in the Implementation and Dissemination of the Maria da Penha Law' Award
Cecilia Sardenberg, national coordinator of the Observatory for the Implementation of the Maria da Penha Law, was in Brasilia on 6th August to attend the launch of the 'Best Practice in the Implementation and Dissemination of the Maria da Penha Law' Award.
The event, held in the auditorium of the Secretary of Policies for Women (Federal Goverment) is part of the celebrations to mark the third year since the sanctioning of Maria da Penha Law (11.340/06) which punishes domestic and family violence against women. Maria da Penha Fernandes, the woman who gave her name to the law, attended the launch and will take part in the presentations for the first award.
Staff of the
Observatory suggested the creation of this award in a
preliminary research report sent to Minister Nilcéia Freire in July. The aim is to encourage the correct application of the
legislation. The prize will be awarded to individuals or entities,
nominated by others, whose work or actions deserve special credit for the
prevention of domestic violence against women through the Maria da Penha Law. There are five categories available: Implementation of Programs and Policies; Creation and Implementation of Services; Idealisation or Campaigns; Studies and Surveys; and Implementation of News Stories.
See Building Constituencies for Equality and Justice theme project pages for more information on the project.
Seminar on 20 Years of the Lipstick Lobby organised by NEIM/UFBA from 16 to 17 October 2008. The programme is available from the NEIM website.
O NÚCLEO DE ESTUDOS INTERDISCIPLINARES SOBRE A MULHER-NEIM/UFBA, em face das comemorações alusivas aos seus 25 anos de existência, estará promovendo nos dias 16 e 17 de outubro o I COLÓQUIO NACIONAL SOBRE AS MULHERES E A CONSTITUIÇAO: Reflexões feministas sobre o legado jurídico-político do lobby do batom 20 anos depois, com o apoio da Secretaria Nacional de Políticas para Mulheres.
Colóquio Nacional Sobre As Mulheres E A Constituição
On 19-20 June, NEIM co-hosted an international seminar on 'Women's Pathways into Power: International Experiences of Affirmative Action' at the Brazilian National Congress, in collaboration with AGENDE (Actions in Gender, Citizenship and Development), Casa da Mulher do Nordeste's Mulher e Democracia (Women and Democracy) project, the network of women representatives in the National Congress, the Commission on Participatory Legislation (CLP), the Commission on Social Security and the Family (CSSF), the Commission on Human and Minority Rights (CDHM) and the Commission on the Constitution, Justice and Citizenship (CCJ) of the Chamber of Deputies. The seminar, which took place within the Chamber of the National Congress, discussed and analysed experiences of the use of affirmative measures to enhance women's political participation in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Speakers included Julie Ballington of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Rwandan MP Juliana Katengwa, IDS researcher Naila Kabeer and Palestinian women's rights activist, Suha Barghouti.
This seminar takes place at a moment where there is intensive discussion in Brazil on the need for political reform to increase the representation of women in political office.
See Summary of the Seminar (pdf file 170KB)
Carnival, Carriages and Campaigns
What do you do if the government you’ve worked so hard to elect reneges on their promises once they get into office? And your attempts to name and shame them in letters to the newspapers aren’t getting results? Take to the streets! See Cecilia Sardenberg's report from the traditional carnival protest NEIM organised in February 2007.
Dialogues of Empowerment
NEIM are holding a two day conference on Dialogues of Empowerment from 21 to 22 June 2007. Among issues being discussed will be women and the politics of the Middle East and women and economics and development. See flyer for details (pdf file 191 KB).