Brazil Might Soon Have a Female President But There Are Still Too Few Women in Politics

Marina Silva and Dilma Rousseff In the coming October 3 presidential election, two of the three frontrunners are women. Dilma Rousseff (PT) has 35% of voter intentions in the polls and Marina Silva (PV) has around 7%. Former São Paulo governor José Serra (PSDB) is the man in this political triangle and he also has 35%.

However, there are another seven candidates for president, and all of them are men. Known as “nanicos” (midgets) they are from small political parties. So, what starts out looking very good from a female point of view soon turns sour.

Women may make up more than 50% of the electorate, and 66% of the top candidates in this election, but overall they are only 20% of the candidates. It is the prevailing situation in the 2010 Brazilian elections.

“Women have distinct difficulties at the party level in Brazil,” says Lucia Avelar of the University of Brasília who did a study on the subject.

“They may be a candidate, but when it comes to funding and exposure (Brazilian candidates get free time on radio and TV) they always get shortchanged.”

There has undoubtedly been an increase in women in politics. For example, female members of party board of directors in the three parties that have existed since the 1980s, have risen from four in the PDT to 62, and eight to 26 in the PT.

In 1981, the PMDB did not have any woman on its board, today it has 11. But as a percentage of total board members, the number of women is far less than 50%. In the PT it is just over 30%. In the PDT it is 16% and in the PMDB it is less than 10%.

In Congress, there are 45 female deputies (8.7% of the total) and 10 female senators (12.35%). Out of 27 governors, three are women.

Last week, as the deadline for registering candidates for the October general elections ended, the Federal Election Board (TSE) announced that a total of 21.393 registrations were granted, of which 4,495 were women.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal) reports that the situation is similar in the rest of the continent.

Some countries have quotas for women (varying from 20% in Paraguay to 45% in Ecuador). In Brazil, parties are supposed to reserve 30% of the places on tickets for women candidates.



  • Show Comments (12)

  • João da Silva

    [quote]FedEx denies employees time off to attend their FATHERS’ funeral. [/quote]

    Maurice, you pavão, this not a place to promote your union activities. You must be a commie. Instead of bugging us, why don’t you send a e-mail to PBO ?

  • Maurice

    FedEx denies employees time off to attend their FATHERS’ funeral.

    Go to YouTube, search word: FedEx Inhumane Treatment.

  • wiseman

    I like that – Geelma’s pool boy, maybe his name is Jesus Luz!

  • Simpleton

    Maybe not a good suggestion. Going on a muff diving tour in those locations is probably much more hazardous for her than going to find some stud muffin with “good looks” in brasil to try to spice up her life a bit. Maybe Geelma’s pool boy would do.

    Ch.c, I’m disappointed with you. You certainly are not showing any sign of philanthropic behaviour. You shouldn’t pay the poor gal just the 30 for the hour it takes to clean up your pig sty. You should be paying her one and a half salaria minimo for 24/7 service as that’s the going rate for your legal/illegal brasileira back home.

  • wiseman

    To Alandria Ferreira
    One must then conclude that your panties are quite drab & your sex life boring to non-existant. So sad! Since you are ‘european’ perhaps a quick jaunt to Ibiza or Amsterdam might be in good order……..

  • Alandria Ferreira

    Ô Dilma, fica aí em seu Cafundó e num vorta mai
    Geez Geelma, you’re as interesting as my panties 😛

  • ch.c.


    What about this one :

    Washingstone : From our World renowned CDA (Central Disinformation Agency) WE THE USA have full proof that Iraq is full of WMDs !!!!!!
    And the World knows that WE THE USA never ever lie.
    We even have many satelites pictures and videos to proof it, as usual

    Keep looking idiots !
    And keep spending 140 billion dollars Yearly for looking !

    Quite expensive, the per gram of Iraqis WMD !!!!

    America developed the stealth fighter. Right ?

    And Iraq developed the stealth WMDs !

    Laughs….laughs….laughs….laughs !

    Idiots are always 1000000000000 % sure that they are right.

    That is why IDIOTS they will remain…..for eternity.

    Ahhhh…..ahhhhhh…..ahhhhhhh !

  • Hugo C

    Some intentions to do business ? Wellll, you know where now.
    -WASHINGTON – The Swiss banking giant, UBS, may have helped Iran develop its nuclear program, may have held an account for Al Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden, and could find itself investigated as part of Congress’s ongoing inquiry into the United Nations oil-for-food scandal, lawmakers said yesterday.

    -When American investigators probed the $762 million that emerged in Iraq, they found that UBS had also provided $3.9 billion in American currency for Fidel Castro’s Cuba, $1 billion for Iran, and $30 million for Libya. Cuba, Iran, and Libya appear on the State Department’s official list of state sponsors of terrorism.

    -In 2004, a half-brother of Osama bin Laden, Yeslam Binladin, testified in a French courtroom that two of his brothers had set up an account at the Swiss bank, and that his terrorist sibling was one of the principal beneficiaries on the account, according to press reports. Mr. Binladin’s testimony was confirmed in 2004 by a UBS spokesman, who said that Osama Bin Laden was not a bank customer but could draw money from it.

    -Switzerland Proud Protector of Child Molesters –

    After months of shuffling their feet on extraditing Roman Polanski back to the US to face charges for his crimes – the country of Switzerland decided to protect the child predator from facing justice. The way the Swiss have handled the situation makes believe that someone inside the Swiss government was pressured by money and/or influential individuals from within the Hollywood community. Hollywood would sellout the children of the world to brothels and molesters to make a buck with a movie – then claim artistic freedom in an effort to justify the sellout. It looks like Switzerland has decided to become a sanctuary state for Child Molesters.

  • ch.c.

    And in my state alone,
    – we do 33 % of the daily World Oil Trading, funnily. 70 % of the Russian oil trading believe it or not.
    – we have 185 banks, including the branches. Or about 1 bank/branch per 2500 capita.

    And where do you believe that the French national pride companies such as Total, Renaut, Peugeot do their currencies, metals or oil trading ?
    PARIS ?

    Hey, hey ! :D;-)

    And nationally we have about 335 banks, NOT including branches.
    Very close to 50/50.
    Half Swiss banks, half foreign banks in Switzerland.

    Ahhhh….ahhhhh !

    Some intentions to do business ?
    Wellll, you know where now.

    Hi…hi !

  • ch.c.

    I read somewhere that about 22% of the Swiss population is foreign born
    Reality being
    22 % of the the LEGAL residents DONT have a Swiss Passport.
    Meaning that far more than 22 % are foreign born.
    Because many who were born elswhere ALSO acquired the Swiss Passport over their years in the country !

    And believe it or not, in my state, Geneva, population 450’000, that percentage is 50 % ! Yesss 50 %.
    Not including
    – the many illegals
    – the many thousands of foreign diplomats and their families
    – and we also provide 55000 jobs for our French neighbours, coming in/leaving out daily, thus are not residents by definition.

    More International State than Geneva, there are NONE on earth !
    We also have 190 Internationals Organizations in my state. From the UN, to ILO, WHO, WTO, etc etc etc etc etc.

    Any more questions ?


    And a cashier clerk, unskilled worker filling shelves in supermarkets have a starting monthly salary of US$ 3600.-/3800.- US dollars with a 13th salary.
    A cleaning maid ? 20/25 dollars per hour. I pay mine 30 dollars.

    Enjoy !

  • wiseman

    To Christ Cartesian (no nome de pai, filho e espirito santo)
    Herr Doktor, You are in good form! Definitely must be the french wine at the swimming pool along with some delightful ‘foreign’ company.

    I read somewhere that about 22% of the Swiss population is foreign born. I would like to know how these foreigners contribute to Swiss society & if most of them are highly educated & with special skills.

    Kindly enlighten me on this subject.


  • João da Silva

    [quote]”Women have distinct difficulties at the party level in Brazil,” says Lucia Avelar of the University of Brasília who did a study on the subject.[/quote]

    I haven’t heard about this Lucia Avelar and I presume she is another ill informed academician from UnB. There are some outstanding and outspoken lady politicians in Brasil , who got elected on their own merits and [i][b]not[/b][/i] by riding on the coat tails of men. Should I remind Ms.Avelar that Marina Silva and Katia Abreu are two such examples? 🙁

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