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MARIELLE FRANCO: LIVES IN OUR MEMORIES AND IN OUR STRUGGLE!

The political femicide of Marielle Franco was an attempt to silence her work in the democratic occupation of power arenas by black women. The crime, which marks its third anniversary on 14 March, reinforces the racist, sexist and unequal relationships in Brazilian society denounced during Marielle’s career.  An attack on democracy, which hurt women, the black population, the LGBTQIA+ population, residents of city peripheries and human rights activists.  However itleft seeds of resistance, heirs of the struggle who will not remain silent in the face of impunity, the conservative wave and authoritarian regimes.

RosanaFernandes, CESE Projects and Training Advisor noted: “For us, black women, there is another way: to fight and gain power, breaking down racism, sexism and constructing a new model of development for Brazil.  Our history has always been one of struggle and resistance! Since our ancestors arrived here we have sought freedom, the right to live with dignity, without the exploitation of our bodies, without oppression and discrimination.”  We are continuing Marielle’s fight and that of so many others who have fallen: We will Continue to March against Racism and Violence and for Good Living!