International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day 2020:

A researcher at the University of Brasília (UnB) explains how the union between women can be put into practice. The term became champion of Google searches from Big Brother Brasil.

What is a sorority? The word was spoken by Manu Gavassi, a participant in the 20th edition of TV Globo's Big Brother Brasil program, while voting for Felipe Prior for the wall on February 9, became one of the most searched terms in Google searches.

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The meaning of sorority has been explained as "union between women". Originally, in Latin, "sóror" means sister, therefore, the sense of brotherhood between women or union between sisters.

According to the researcher from the Center for Afro-Brazilian Studies at the University of Brasília (UnB) Marjorie Chaves, the term represents the collective look of mutual help and support for women.

For her, the practice of sorority is the way to mobilize and protect women's rights. Since Saturday (7), G1 has presented a series of reports in honour of International Women's Day, celebrated this Sunday (8).

The objective is to show, in addition to examples, obstacles still faced by them daily. See the reports already published:

International Women's Day 2020 - Unity makes strength:

Marjorie points out that the central idea is solidarity among women, in the belief that all are equally oppressed and, therefore, need to unite in search of gender equity with:

  1. Equal division of reproductive work with men
  2. Equal wages
  3. Sexual rights and guaranteed reproductive justice

How can women practice sorority among themselves?

According to Marjorie Chaves, sorority can be thought of from everyday social practices, such as mobilizations in the feminist emancipatory struggle.

'Large demonstrations, such as the Women's March in the United States or the National Campaign for the Right to Legal Abortion in Argentina, are examples of political organization' she says.

For the researcher, in everyday life, sorority can be practised in the search for the transformation of society. She gives some examples:

When receiving and offering support to other women in situations of abuse and physical and psychological violence, creating support networks;

  • When a woman is silenced and the others guarantee their right to a voice;
  • When women break the stereotype of rivalry between women created by machismo;
  • When women publicize, share and support the work of other women;
  • When privileged women are empathetic to women who are on the margins of society.

At the same time as the debate on sorority arises, there is also the question of how women should not behave with each other. According to Marjorie, there are still many limitations to the sorority.

An example of this is domestic work, points out the researcher. On International Women's Day, Marjorie Chaves leaves a phrase for reflection.


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