October 24, 2018

Brazil’s pivotal presidential election is heading into a runoff on October 28 that may determine the future of democracy for Latin America’s largest country. Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right front-runner, garnered 46 percent of the vote in the first round, and will face Fernando Haddad under a climate of polarization and political violence. Bolsonaro is a far-right candidate and former army captain who holds repressive views on women’s and LGBTQI rights. His “law and order” campaign and praise for the country’s past military dictatorship has raised serious concerns over human rights violations in the country. Brazil’s women’s movement has ignited mass mobilization against Bolsonaro, under the banner “Ele Não” (Not Him). Global experts on women’s rights as well as local advocates, are available to comment on the elections and the implications for sexual and reproductive rights, an issue targeted by Bolsonaro.

What: Presidential election run-off between the top two candidates—Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad.

When: October 28

Who: Global and Brazilian women’s rights experts and activists from:

  • International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)
  • Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria (Cfemea)
  • Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir (CDD-Brasil)
  • Grupo Curumim
  • Odará Instituto da Mulher Negra

Interviews may be arranged in English and Portuguese. Click here to read CDD-Brasil’s statement on the dangers of a Bolsonaro presidency.

Where: Brazil (various cities) and New York City.


Liza Kane-Hartnett
+1 917.498.3346

Photo: Caco Argemi