Research analyzes policies to promote the participation of minority groups in Brazilian elections
The FGV Sao Paulo Law School Diversity Policy Clinic, in partnership with the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (ANTRA) and the Coalition for Black Rights, launched, at an event held on June 24, 2021, two surveys on the electoral situation in Brazil and possible policies to encourage the participation of minority groups in Brazilian elections.
The aim of the research, according to professors Thiago Amparo and Luciana Ramos, project coordinators, is to make Law viable beyond the walls of the academy, with a view to producing materials that have practical and social applications.
The products resulted from the studies and dialogues built between the clinic's students and members of civil society, political actors and academics, such as Anielle Franco, Executive Director of the Marielle Franco Institute, Carolina Iara, co-representative of the City of Sao Paulo, Ingrid Farias, political organizer of people and resources for the defense of Human Rights, Sheila Carvalho and Irapuã Santana, lawyers from the Coalition for Black Rights, and academics Cristiano Rodrigues (UFMG), Luiz Augusto Campos (UERJ) and Diogo Rais (Mackenzie Presbyterian University).
The first product launched consists of a technical note prepared by students from the clinic, in partnership with ANTRA, called Trans and transvestites Candidatures: obstacles and violence in Brazilian politics. This research sought to clarify the relationship between the law, the electoral system and gender identity policies in Brazil, focusing on inequalities that operate in the electoral process, both in the period of electoral campaigns and during the exercise of political mandates.
The second publication is divided into three documents: these are proposals for resolutions addressed to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) that seek to foster the debate on mechanisms for encouraging and protecting black candidacies and LBGTQIA+ in Brazilian politics.
These documents are particularly important because they point out possible legal solutions to current gaps in electoral law regulations in Brazil, and can serve as important instrument to steer internal guidelines to Brazilian political parties, when implementing programs to encourage diversity in their make-up .
The products were launched during the Diversity and Elections event: how Electoral Law can be improved to contest barriers to access for black, trans and transvestite candidates in Brazil, which was attended by speakers Julia Barcelos representing the TSE; Bruna Benevides, representing ANTRA; and Sheila Carvalho, representing the Coalition for Black Rights.
To learn more about the products generated by the surveys, access the links below: