The Dawn News
July 26, 2016
On the afternoon of July 25, to commemorate the International Black Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Day and The National Black Women’s Day, the March of The Black Women was held.
The Black Women’s March collective was born on November 8, 2015, when women from all over the country marched to Brasilia. This state march (which also has its echoes in other states) in Sao Paulo represents another source of resistance amidt the illegitimate government’s current context.
The Black Women’s March, which is celebrated on July 25, to commemorate the end of the First Summit of Black Women of Latin America and the Caribbean, understands the need of continuing to develop unity in the current juncture in Brazil. While the numbers of gender-based violence against white women have decreased by a small percentage, violence against black women is increasing day after day. Apart from the fact that there are insufficient public policies in general, there’s a lack of allocation due to gender-based discrimination, and also for ethnic-based discrimination, which makes it almost impossible for funds to reach black women.
“This March is the cry against machismo, homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia, and against the coup: it’s a cry that today comes out through our collective voice”, says Andrea Alves de Ilú Obá De Min.
Among other participants of the manifestation, there was former Senator Eduardo Suplicy, who hours before had been detained by the Military Police after resisting with homeless settlers in the western area of Sao Paulo. According to Suplicy, “the fact that Afro Brazilian women are organizing themselves to take a stand and to fight for their place in the Brazilian life, in work, in the city, in public offices, is very important. (…) Black women can and should play an important role in Brazil and I’m here to support them”.
Approximately 50 women organizations gathered in the Roosevelt Square of Sao Paulo to march to the center of the city with a massive column full of struggle, passion, and claims against the outrageous rate of femicides in Brazil: One black woman is killed every 1:50 hours. They were raising the voice for a sector that is politically and socially excluded from the Brazilian present: “The Black Women March today mobilized against the racist coup. We have been raising our claims since last year, on the streets, because this has a direct impact on our lives, every day”, said Agatha Miranda of Levante Popular Da Juventude.