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Women ask for the impeachment of Bolsonaro, why not?

During his almost 30 years in the Chamber of Deputies, Jair Bolsonaro has always been an inexpressive and inoperative parliamentarian with an electoral base in Rio de Janeiro’s military. Already dreaming of running for president, he bet on the exacerbation of his machismo to win the spotlight. Without his own project and any administrative experience, he was elevated to the rank of “myth” by the machismo that he expressed in popular television programs.

“Just don’t rape yourself because you don’t deserve it.”

“Shut up, you bitch.”

The macho violence of the captain expelled from the army is nothing new. During the impeachment vote in 2016, Jair Bolsonaro paid tribute to the shining torturer Ustra, whom he referred to as “the terror of Dilma Rousseff. He went unpunished, despite the crime of explicit apology for torture. For the macho vendetta against Mrs Maria do Rosário, he was punished by justice and was forced to pay a fine. It ended up being cheap.

During the 2018 election campaign, crowds of women took to the streets of the country in the demonstrations “Women United against Bolsonaro”, whose symbol was the expression “He No”. The broad movement increased the participation of women in politics, who elected representatives connected with the feminist struggle in the spaces of power.

In parliament, these women are in the front line in confronting the government’s anti-pop politics. It is a daily war. For the first time in our history, we are governed by a man who is proud of his machismo and who has women as his main target.

To try to hide his absolute inability to solve the country’s real problems, Jair Bolsonaro calls for violent speech. In dialogue with the structural machismo so ingrained in our society, the “myth” vomits out defiance and offense against the women who question it.

The most recent target of the president’s machine gun was journalist Patricia Campos Mello, of Folha de S. Paulo. Patricia investigated and disseminated the criminal scheme of mass shooting of false pro-Bolsonaro messages during the 2018 elections with great competence. Fed by the hate cabinet and operated by the president’s sons, a public campaign of ridicule and lies was started against the journalist, falsely accused of having sexually insinuated herself in exchange for information for her reports.

Always at the behest of his father, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro went to the gallery to reinforce the offenses against the journalist, just as questions about the death of the militia Adriano da Nóbrega, beneficiary of Flavio Bolsonaro’s “cracks” scheme, began to increase.

But this is not just a “smoke screen” as some people say. The project to attack women is conscious. It’s the mother women who scream the death of their children in the peripheries. They accuse the government of ineptitude in the management of public education. They charge for the lack of medicine in health clinics and get angry with the cuts in policies like the Bolsa Família. Finally, it’s the women who feel the farce of the scholarship project the most. That’s why the president’s hatred of us all.

The indecent words of Bolsonaro legitimize and stimulate machismo and violence against women. But it’s not just the words. Under the current administration, Brazil is going back on public policies to confront violence against women. The Casa da Mulher Brasileira, for example, has not received a single cent of investment since Bolsonaro assumed the presidency. The program provides assistance and shelter to battered and vulnerable women.

It is never too much to remember that Brazil is the fifth country with the highest number of feminicides in the world. Every 4 minutes, a woman is assaulted. In 2019 alone, 145 thousand cases of violence were registered, not counting the underreported data. A true epidemic of violence and terror against women that only worsens. Meanwhile, the minister who should answer for the issue, Damares Alves, believes that it is possible to face the problem by painting the police stations in pink. A mockery.

Faced with this scenario, it is urgent that we stop waiting and take action. The women’s caucus of the House vehemently repudiated the president’s insults against Patricia Campos Mello, collectively occupying the House rostrum and denouncing in unity machismo and misogyny. In this effort, I highlight the role of MPs Natália Bonavides (PT-RN) and Tabata Amaral (PDT-SP), who were instrumental in articulating our intervention. But Brazil expects more from us.

The indecent words of Bolsonaro legitimise and stimulate machismo and violence against women. But they are not just words. Under the current administration, Brazil is moving backwards in public policies to confront violence against women. The Casa da Mulher Brasileira, for example, has not received a single cent of investment since Bolsonaro assumed the presidency. The program provides assistance and shelter to battered and vulnerable women.

It is never too much to remember that Brazil is the fifth country with the highest number of feminicides in the world. Every 4 minutes, a woman is assaulted. In 2019 alone, 145 thousand cases of violence were registered, not counting the underreported data. A true epidemic of violence and terror against women that only worsens. Meanwhile, the minister who should answer for the issue, Damares Alves, believes that it is possible to face the problem by painting the police stations in pink. A mockery.

Faced with this scenario, it is urgent that we stop waiting and take action. The women’s caucus of the House vehemently repudiated the president’s insults against Patricia Campos Mello, collectively occupying the House rostrum and denouncing in unity machismo and misogyny. In this effort, I highlight the role of MPs Natália Bonavides (PT-RN) and Tabata Amaral (PDT-SP), who were instrumental in articulating our intervention. But Brazil expects more from us.

It is past Jair Bolsonaro’s time to pay for his crimes. At this time when crimes of responsibility and breaches of decorum are stacked up, I advocate that the voices of women who call for a stop be heard. A request for impeachment born of female indignation is the order of the day. The more time goes by, the greater the damage done to women through the most diverse levels of violence.

On March 8, the feminist movement will take to the streets to reject, just as we did in the “He No” acts, the repugnant and macho president Jair Bolsonaro. Demonstrations are being organized in all regions of the country. It will be a fundamental moment to defend Brazil from this man who attacks our lives and our future.

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