Outcry over Bolsonaro’s plan to put conservative in charge of new family and women ministry
- Brazil’s human rights ministry will now cover women, family and human rights, and the country’s 900,000 indigenous people
- Damares Alves, the new minister, is an evangelical preacher who believes that women were born to be mothers
Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro will abolish the country’s human rights ministry and has nameda conservative evangelical pastor to run a newly-created ministry which will oversee women, family and human rights – and also the country’s 900,000 indigenous people.
The plan, announced on Thursday, has prompted outcry from feminist groups, indigenous activists and LGBT campaigners, who fear it indicates that human rights will be downgraded under the incoming government.