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Year: 2014 Type: Book Chapter Language: English

In this chapter the authors discuss how feminists in Brazil have responded to the challenge of dealing not only with tensions from existing inequalities within their ranks, but also with the task of devising strategies to channel very diverse women’s demands. They look at the national conferences for women held over the last decade  - the Conference of Brazilian Women (2002), and the I and II National Conferences of Public Policies for Women (2004 and 2007, respectively) – and examine their products: the Feminist Political Platform and the I and II National Plans of Public Policies for Women. 

The authors contend that the highly participatory character of these events, which mobilised close to 300,000 women all over Brazil, allowed for the formulation of policies for women that recognise the diversity of experiences and identities, take into account existing inequalities among women, and tend to the needs and demands of the less privileged. 

They further contend that, in re-defining feminist struggles so as to incorporate these specific demands, feminisms in Brazil have been revitalised. This demonstrates that putting to work what Anna Jónasdóttir calls a “[…] differentiated solidarity  among women, a solidarity built on awareness of both common and different interests,” is fundamental to strengthening feminist voice in contemporary capitalist societies.  

Resource is unavailable online, but can be viewed at the British Library of Development Studies in Brighton, www.blds.ids.ac.uk.

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