Meeting with Lusophone community – Djamila Ribeiro and Joanna Burigo talked about Feminism in Brazil.

Two Brazilian journalists with an active presence in feminist debate and initiatives in Brazil came to Norway this week, invited by the Norwegian Embassy in Brazil, to exchange experiences on the subject at the University of Oslo and network.
BNCC took this opportunity and invited them to talk in Portuguese with the Lusophone community in Oslo. 

Brazil has recently become a leader in gender equality in science, even though this is a great achievement, there still no parity and only 40% of the scientific production is created by women. Much remains to be done to handle gender inequalities.

Djamila Ribeiro, a leader in the debate on racial and gender relations and feminism, exposed her own life experience as motivation to her focus on black feminism and intersectionality of race and gender. She mentioned that in Brazil, people still shocked when they come across successful black women occupying prominent positions. She presented some policies which have implemented in Brazil. They aim to empower black women and girls to deconstruct concepts formed by the history of 354 years of slavery and 20 years of dictatorship and start to recognize their reality from another perspective. Brazil has 54% of black people in its population and according to Djamila that is impossible to talk about feminism without including race and social class into the discussions. “To think about all these strands integrated is a way to guarantee a better human development index to groups in the more vulnerable situation, and improving the life quality of these groups is improving HDI of the whole country,” explained Djamila.

Joanna Burigo, a feminist experiment in communication and gender education, mentioned that the demonstration of dissatisfaction which took Brazil in June/2013 unfortunately still not expressed in a Brazil of 2017. But in July/2015, as the reflex of the protests of 2013, women came out to articulate the gender inequality in a way that inserted the subject in the public debate. From 193 countries classified by descending order of the percentage of women in national parliaments, Brazil is number 155. This position shows the importance of education and activism in gender equality. Joanna is involved with educational projects of NGOs to empower women in a situation of vulnerability.

The attendees were very engaged, and dialogue took place tracing a parallel between Norwegian and Brazilian realities and achievements. More than 30 Portuguese speakers attended the event on October 12th at the Brazilian Embassy in Oslo. The primary goal of the evening was to strengthen the network of professionals who speak Portuguese in Norway. Since 2014, BNCC holds the Annual Brazilian Professionals meeting, and since last year, the event extended the invitation to all Portuguese speakers, native and learners, including people from Brazil, Portugal, Moçambique, Angola, and Norwegians who speak the language.