50-50 City Platform is tool to encourage gender parity in power spheres


Brasilia, 29 September, 2016 - A space in which women and men candidates can make commitments to gender equality and the electorate can get information that might help to set vote. The digital platform " 50-50 City: All for Equality" aims to encourage debate on equal rights between women and men in local elections this year. It arises from the understanding that a society can only be called democratic with equal participation between men and women.

The project was developed in partnership with UN Women Brazil with the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), the Patrícia Galvão Institute and the Research Group on Democracy and Inequality of the University of Brasilia (Demodê/UnB). It has institutional support of Congress in Focus, and #MeRepresenta and In Press Group.

For the representative of UN Women Brazil, Nadine Gasman, "applications from women and men must be committed to tackling the gender inequalities and racism, ensuring the conditions of citizenship and life quality for the population, respecting diversity in all Brazilian municipalities. For democracy to become effective, the incorporation of a gender perspective in local policies is needed, but also and the political empowerment of women, in their diversity, so that in equal conditions, they participate of Brazilian politics and the decision-making process in a bigger and better way. "

The minister of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, Luciana Lossio highlights the measures of the institution to ensure political empowerment of women. "We had an important trial in the Superior Electoral Tribunal which determined the condemnation to all political parties that do not observe and do not allow the 10% of the time radio and television that must be allocated to encouraging the participation of women, and now we will have an act jointly with UN Women, the TSE intends to establish in order to seek a solution to this problem, which exists today in the Brazilian electoral political representation. "

Platform usage  

Candidates and candidates from 5,568 Brazilian municipalities, which already have record of their applications by the TSE may, through the platform, register and take publicly commitments to the promotion of women's rights during the election campaign. 

Voters, in turn, when accessing the digital platform also will be able to identify proposals of their candidates for the subject and then enforce those commitments, in case they are elected. 

The platform comes from the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS), adopted by the Member States of the UN, and the global initiative "For a 50-50 planet in 2030: a decisive step towards gender equality", launched by UN Women.

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