Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street
VAWIP is a serious threat to democracy, human rights, and gender equality all around the world – it cannot simply be dismissed as ‘politics as usual’ or the ‘normal cost’ of political participation. Sexist political violence is a form of VAWIP based on gender to maintain male privileges in politics. They act against those who have, in some way, interventions in public and political life just to expel them from there, sustaining their exclusionary mandate of representation. I will show the case of Rousseff as an example of this kind of violence, describing how this violent mechanism operates and showing that we can understand it as a weakness of the democratic Brazilian State and also of our judicial systems that discriminate and make invisible the demands of women, reflecting, once again, the fragile and unfinished processes of Brazilian democratic consolidation.