Brazil Accuses US of Trampling on Women’s Rights

Basic female rights, recognized for many years, remain a bone of contention among governments, religious institutions, and social movements.

The principal disagreement has to do with sexual and reproductive rights, involving such issues as means of contraception, abortion, and respect for homosexuals.


The discussion gains intensity as the date draws nearer to the upcoming United Nations meeting, in February, to evaluate how well countries have done in adopting the Beijing Action Platform, defined at the IV World Conference of Women, which was held in China in 1995.


The meeting Beijing+10 will be held between February 28 and March 11 in New York.


Ten years after Beijing, Brazilian women’s movements express concern over the move to revise the Platform to withdraw rights that have already been won.


According to the deputy secretary of the Articulation of Brazilian Women (AMB), Carla Batista, the American government has been the chief culprit behind this attempt.


“The United States has recently taken a quite conservative stance, especially when it comes to sexual and reproductive rights,” she says.


The situation in Brazil is one of consensus. Social organizations and the government concur that a retreat is inadmissible.


“What we have discussed as the government’s policy in Brazil is that there should be no falling back as far as the Beijing Action Platform is concerned,” says the subsecretary of Institutional and International Relations of the Special Secretariat for Women’s Policies (SPM), Sueli de Oliveira.


“This constitutes a firm decision on the part of the Brazilian government,” she emphasized.


An action strategy for the Beijing+10 meeting will be discussed at a meeting on January 28, at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul.


The SPM will also hold a seminar prior to the UN meeting on Brazil’s progress and challenges in the implementation of the resolutions.


The seminar “National Dialogue Beijing +10: Advances and Challenges” will take place on February 17, in the Chamber of Deputies.


Translation: David Silberstein
Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil’s Petrobras Says Buying Out Shell in South America Is a Strategic Decision

Brazilian government owned oil-company Petrobras confirmed the acquisition of Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch ...

Lula Moved to Tears on TV While Talking About Own Accomplishments

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva broke down to tears in front of ...

Switch as You Wish

Almost half the politicians elected in 1999 no longer  represent the parties on whose ...

PT Blames Brazilian Scandal on Lies from the Right

In a document entitled, “In Defense of the PT, Ethics and Democracy,” the board ...

Brazil Calls in China for End to US and EU Farm Subsidies

Some 30 foreign ministers are participating in a World Trade Organization meeting in Dalian, ...

Sorry, New York. The Hip-Hop Thrill Has Gone South to Rio

If you were ambling along the Copacabana beach, in Rio, in recent months, you ...

Genocide of Indians Has Been All Too Common in Brazil

To mark UN Indigenous Day on August 9, Survival International, the global movement for ...

Catch Brazil’s WSF Forum on Satellite

Starting today, the 2005 World Social Forum will transmit (clean) international audio and video ...

Brazil Lula’s Family Voucher Is No Charity and Makes Economic Sense

In the results of Brazil’s National Survey of Sample Households (PNAD) there is an ...