Damares Alves, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights of Brazil reaffirmed to the United Nations (UN) the commitment of the government of Jair Bolsonaro in favor of life, family and freedom at the opening of the 46th session of the Council of Human Rights, this monday, February 22.
“I want to reiterate that Brazil continues firm in the defense of democracy, freedom, the family and life from conception; we will continue working with this concept in the promotion of human rights for all, always remembering that nobody will be left behind”, he declared.
The minister also explained the work carried out to meet the most urgent needs of women during the period of the pandemic, especially the most marginalized or in vulnerable situations. The Brazilian government executed in 2020, the largest budget for that area in the last five years, an investment investment five times greater than that of 2018.
He also reported on progress in the protection of human rights of indigenous communities, children and the elderly.
Since the arrival of President Bolsonaro to power, Brazilian foreign policy stopped supporting initiatives that seek to impose abortion as a supposed “sexual and reproductive” right of women and began to play an active role in shielding to the family and the right to life from conception to natural death.
Brazil is one of the more than 30 countries that are signatories to the Geneva Declaration, signed on October 22 last year, which rejects any type of manipulation of women’s rights to promote abortion as a right or the ideological perspective of gender in multilateral agreements, and affirms the sovereignty of each nation.
The intervention of Minister Damares can be seen here, starting at 5:55:55.