October 29, 2018

The election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil poses a serious threat to human rights, particularly for women, the LGBTQI community, indigenous people, and Afro-Brazilians, said the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC). His rise to power follows a contentious election that featured violence and extreme rhetoric by the right-wing, countered by women-led mass mobilization against Bolsonaro’s misogynistic, racist, and homophobic views.

“Bolsonaro’s opposition to gender equality and his disparaging treatment of women threaten hard-earned sexual and reproductive health and rights in the country,” said IWHC President Françoise Girard. “His hateful rhetoric and disregard for basic human rights indicate that Bolsonaro’s administration will further erode women’s rights in Brazil and, as always, those who are most vulnerable will suffer the most.”

Bolsonaro’s authoritarianism and praise for military dictatorship and torture, have raised serious concerns over the future of democracy in Brazil. His government will pose a threat to the women’s movement, and civil society organizing more broadly.

Since 1986, IWHC has supported feminist organizations in Brazil in their fight to secure sexual and reproductive health and rights. Today, IWHC continues to support Brazilian women’s rights advocates and works closely with its grantee partners to empower adolescents, improve access to sexuality education, and advocate for abortion rights.

IWHC is deeply troubled by Bolsonaro’s election and stands with the women’s movement, and their continued commitment to hold the incoming government accountable and combat its oppressive policies.

Contact: Liza Kane-Hartnett; (+1) 212-801-1260

Photo: Fernanda Brandão