Brazil

Date: April 24, 2020
Location: Brazil
Type of action: Online action

Brazil

In Brazil, the March made a live broadcast between 12 noon and 1 p.m., with the participation of activists from several states in the country. Conceição Dantas, from Rio Grande do Norte, opened by introducing the feminist debate against transnational corporations, which are “the most significant expression of the duel of capital against life. They increase their profits by reducing the cost of labor around the world. She mentioned the way in which companies expel women from territories (wind turbines, mining companies) and also the hypocrisy driven by them, who have been marketing during the pandemic (with online shows and collection campaigns) while cutting rights, firing and pressuring workers to come out of isolation.

A video with women from the Movimento dos Trabalhadores e Trabalhadoras Sem Terra (MST) was shown, denouncing Bayer, a company that bought Monsanto and that promotes the destruction of nature and the release of more pesticides. The defense of environmental justice and the denunciation of the so-called “green economy” was one of the central issues of the debate, due to the numerous attacks by big corporations and, in response, to the intense resistance of the peoples in their territories. Letícia Paranhos, from Friends of the Earth Brazil, talked about the alliances in the struggle against the financialization of nature and the impunity of transnational corporations, which offer the so-called “false solutions” (those that pretend to be sustainable but, in fact, continue exploiting work and nature). Bernadete Monteiro, from Minas Gerais, focused her denunciation on Vale, a company that accumulates criminal episodes of expelling communities, criminalizing leaders, in addition to the brutal tragedies of Mariana and Brumadinho. She also denounced the transnationals that want to privatize common goods such as water.

Mariana Lacerda, from Ceará, exposed the feminist criticism of labor exploitation, especially under the neoliberal government of Bolsonaro, which withdraws labor rights, approved a Pension Reform and encourages the exploitation of call center and e-commerce companies. “In this period of pandemic, many people have talked about how exhausting domestic and care work has been. In normal times, this type of work has always existed. It is fundamental to the production of life,” she said.

Activists from MMM also made presentations about our feminist and anti-systemic paths and alternatives, such as the resistance of the women of Chapada de Apodi, in their struggle for land and its cultivation without agrochemicals. Or the popular feminist communication, to use free and safe alternatives to the big transnationals that steal and sell our data.