Professor competes for award for defending women’s access to election campaign funding
The coordinator of the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School’s Diversity Program, Professor Ligia Fabris, is a finalist in the VIVA Awards, organized by Marie Claire magazine in partnership with the Avon Institute. She was chosen because of her professional work aimed at expanding women’s access to election campaign funding and her ongoing contribution to a bill to combat gender-based political violence.
She led a group of students who participated in the judgment of a direct action of unconstitutionality, testifying before the Supreme Federal Court as an expert advisor. The court ruled that the resources in the Congressional Party Fund must be awarded to men’s and women’s election campaigns in accordance with the exact proportion of candidates’ genders, subject to a minimum amount of 30% for women, to match the minimum proportion of female candidates specified in article 10, paragraph 3 of Law 9,504 of 1997.
“The court’s decision was a victory, but other battles lie ahead. Gender violence in politics is very severe. It is diffuse and broad, taking many forms. Its most extreme expression is assassination. Women in politics still face this barrier. They suffer a lot and are valued less. I am discussing a bill about this with organizations,” Fabris says.
The VIVA Awards are in their second edition this year. They are designed to recognize leaders who have done significant work at promoting women’s rights. In the final phase, the winners will be decided by popular vote. The organizers have written profiles of the finalists and interviews about their projects, which can be seen in this month’s print edition of Marie Claire and here.
The winners will be announced at an event at Sala São Paulo on November 25. To vote in the VIVA Awards, click here.