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Yes, we should talk about politics with our young children.

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“Let’s not talk about politics!”

Who has not heard or said this phrase at the Sunday dinner table in recent years, especially where elections are taking place? “Politics must be something bad, right?” – our children, especially small ones, should think.

Unfortunately, most often the word “politics” is mentioned in adult conversations in a negative context. But Politics is the art of negotiation, understanding, and also one of the main instruments of Democracy. Its goal is to smooth the lines between different interests and come to a common denominator necessary for life in society. Children don’t know this, and whenever they hear bad things about this Policy, never in a good way. What should I do to change this image? How can we talk about this with our young children, explain to them that politics can be a way to build a better world for us to live in?

This is one of the challenges set by Portal Lunetas, specialized in children, an initiative of the Alana Institute, which has been broadcast since 2018. As there are elections for several important positions this year, such as President of the Republic, Governor, Federal Deputy and Senator, Lunetas has prepared a series of special materials to help fathers and mothers understand the importance of talking about politics with their children. “One way is to tell kids that politics protect our rights,” Lunetas manager Raquel de Paula explains in an interview with the blog. The content also makes adults think, remembering that public policies targeting children should be included in government candidate programs, and that this is an important point that fathers and mothers should consider when choosing their representatives.

Blog: Many people speak badly about politics in public, adults usually say it out loud, in front of children, and they can pass on this negativity even unintentionally to their children. How does Lunetas see this topic and her relationship with her children, Raquel?

Rachel/Spyglasses: The work we do is work based on the assumption that we live in a society that is a village that looks at the child, which means that we say that my children, your children and the children of others are our constitutional and moral responsibility. So, we are talking about education, politics, parenting, motherhood, and this is not a separate discussion, but a collective discussion. When we consider only the father and mother responsible for this child, we neglect the responsibility of state authorities, organizations, and schools. So I think it’s important to make this assumption, because when we realize that it takes a village to take care of this child, our whole idea of ​​childhood and children changes.

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And politics is done daily, routinely. There is a quote from an activist we like a lot, Pedro Marco: “politics is a magic wand that turns the world into what we dream of”. So, when we are going to talk to children about politics, or even when we are going to bring up this topic in a conversation between adults, politics should not be seen as something bad, but should be understood as the space we are talking about. our life, our existence, our daily life, about the things we want to change.

When we transfer this knowledge to a child, he will understand that the way he exists, how he communicates, how he goes to school, how he treats his friends, everything is political. So I think the start of this conversation is to present this view of politics as something good, so that children can relate to this topic, they need to understand that everything around them is political.

Blog: And what examples can we give to make this idea tangible, to show that everything about her parents’ life and her life is the result of a political decision or a society that makes politics?

Rachel/Spyglasses: One way is to tell the child that politics is what upholds our rights, affirms democracy, and, above all, that politics is action. And what does this mean in practice? A child who plays, watching the surrounding objects, what is a playground, what is the space, this dispute cannot be abstract for children, as for us, for example, we are talking about freedom, we are talking about democracy. For a child, this is everyday life, this is a relationship with a school friend, how he feels, how he goes to school, where he lives, whether he rides a bus or a car. This characterization of the territory and environment of the child is a way for us to explain how things are formed, and also to explain to children that they have the right to education, culture, the right to play, the right to life, the right to health and that all this is part of a great society, which must ensure that all these rights are respected.

Blog: Nowadays it is very difficult to understand and respect the opinions of others. And Politics is a two-way road, where you express your opinion, listen to the opinion of another, try to convince him, agree, in short. How to convey this to children so that they understand how important it is to respect themselves, to listen to an opinion different from their own?

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Rachel/Spyglasses: When we think of this child in this place of the political subject, and when I say “subject”, I understand that this child is the same person as we are, only less. The main way for us is to promote and encourage the right of children to participate from the very beginning, from the very beginning of life. And what does this mean in practice? We need to listen to children, we need to know what they want, what they like, what their perception of the environment is. And then, when you include this child in this conversation, he begins to conduct the same conversation with other children, and then on the basis of this construction we have student unions, elections in schools, children’s groups. All this is very important for the child to grow up with the understanding that there is a group of children who are different from him and, therefore, may have different opinions.

And then we form in this child the view of the listener, the view of non-violent speech, the view of respect, the view of society. If you have children with disabilities in the classroom, black children, there are children from other social strata, because we have diversity in itself, we are already talking about politics, we are already talking, first of all, about different contexts. This is where consciousness is built, which is often a more imaginary consciousness, not as concrete as ours, but it is in this school environment that the best mechanisms are created for us to create this universe of talking, listening, sharing, empathizing.

Raquel de Paula, manager of Lunetas

Blog: So, in your opinion, does the school play an important role in this political education of children?

Rachel/Spyglasses: Yes, completely. We cannot place all responsibility on the school, but the school is the environment in which democracy is established. There you can see the other, you can build friendships, you can develop empathy, and I think all of our values ​​are given in the community. And it is in the community that we learn our values, we learn to put ourselves in the place of others. Thus, the school has this super important role: to help this child understand what is around him and to put into practice attitudes, anxieties, attachments and educate children so that one day they can exercise their full power to act on choice.

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Blog: And how can we talk to children about this world that surrounds them and which can also be changed by politics?

Rachel/Spyglasses: Children perceive what surrounds them. And I think that this very moment, when the child brings the news, commenting on what he saw or heard, is the most important and relevant moment for the implementation of this policy building. Much more than we adults say, “Listen, son, sit here and we’re going to talk about politics,” this child will bring it into a routine, on a daily basis, in his relationship with the school. I think that just this daily routine, in these actions, the child will bring a lot of things, which means that it is time for us to deepen these issues, since this child brought this content.

Blog: The Lunetas portal has prepared a series of materials about politics and elections for children. Like this?

Rachel/Spyglasses: We have launched a series of content that highlights who votes for children. Considering that they cannot vote, but they are the people, who protects the right of these children to vote? So our invitation to the public is that we look at the plans of the government, ask the candidates what they are planning and planning for children, are we talking about the expansion of the kindergarten, are we talking about basic sanitation, if we are talking about quality education, humanized childbirth, in a word, about all children’s surroundings. Our appeal to society as a whole is that we protect the rights of children in elections, because they cannot do this. We listened to 40 children from all the states of Brazil and asked what they would do if they were president, what would change in Brazil if they were president. And then we have wonderful answers, and I think that whoever listens to her will like her very much.

Read and watch the special edition of Lunetas here “Children in the spotlight: who votes for children?“.

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Celso de Mello declares support for Lula and calls Bolsonaro a “minor politician”.

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Former Minister of the Federal Supreme Court, Celso de Mello, announced in the early hours of Wednesday 28 the support for the candidacy of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT). In a statement, the magistrate calls President Jair Bolsonaro a “minor politician without presidential status” who opens his vote by “defending the integrity of the Constitution.”

The former minister, who retired in 2020, joins a group of former court members who will support the former president in the election. This week, ex-minister Joaquim Barbosa also recorded a video in retaliation against PT. Campaign continues after former minister’s public statement Carlos Aires Britto.

In a statement, Celso de Mello claims that Bolsonaro’s performance as President of the Republic “revealed to a nation, shocked by his actions and statements, an awkward figure of a minor politician, without presidential status, with a high coefficient of mediocrity, devoid of political respectability, a supporter of the ideological current of the extreme right, which dangerously negates respect for the democratic order.”

According to the former minister, Bolsonaro exhibits “vulgar behavior totally inconsistent with the seriousness of his office” and that the president “caused the vicious effect of shamefully humiliating the dignity of the presidential office to the smallest plane of pitiful gestures and of course (and reprehensible) disrespect for the regime in which established a democratic constitutional state.

“In defense of the inviolability of the Constitution and fundamental freedoms, the dignity of the political function and decency in the exercise of the presidential mandate and regarding the inviolability of the democratic regime, I am absolutely sure: I will NOT vote for Jair Bolsonaro!!! for such reasons that my vote will be for Lulu in the first round,” concludes Celso de Mello.

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In Mello’s case, his public speech was shaped by lawyers from Grupo Prerogativas, who turned to Lula for open support from the most powerful figures in the judiciary. “The declaration was received enthusiastically by the prerogatives and the legal community. Celso de Mello is an honest man who has devoted his entire life to democracy, the defense of institutions and the rule of law,” says Marco Aurelio. Stadao.

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Pabllo Vittar appears live and announces the vote for the politician: “He helped my family.”

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Pabllo Vittar appears live and announces the vote for the politician: "He helped my family."

Pabllo Vittar appears at a political event for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s campaign and announces what his vote will be in the next presidential election.

Monday evening (26th) Pablo Vittar surprised his followers by appearing on superlive Brazil Hopewhich took place in Sao Paulo. The event was the last Luis Inacio Lula da Silvacandidate for the presidency of the republic.

On stage, the most popular drag queen in the world decided to say a few words before the performance Luquinhaswho does he work with come back to stay. Directly, the artist ordered to vote for the politician and recalled how important the government was in her life.

“I wanted to tell you how important it is to appreciate culture and education in our country. Mr. President, if you are listening to me, know that I love you very much and it is thanks to you that I have become one of the greatest artists in the country.”began Pablo Vittar.

“Bolsa Familia helped me a lot. [família]when we needed it the most and I will never forget it. I will vote like never before, with the belief that I must renew the history of this country and that we can live better years. Not only for artists, but also for maids, cooks, porters and people who really need it.”— added the singer.

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“For a change, it did not live up to expectations and, for a change, did not correspond to the texts that we had access to, that we knew about. That did not happen. Again, that didn’t happen”– said the host.

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Woman in political exercise as a RIG professional

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Women in institutional and government response

Women working in political, business and public environments are perceived as professionals in institutional and government relations (RIG), or lobby/advocacymore and more accepted and recognized.

The professional woman in RIG stands out for her knowledge of the legislative process and, above all, her ability to argue and defend positions, as well as to build narratives that convince political actors to defend certain projects, influence and set agendas for committee meetings and plenary sessions. meetings in the Legislative Chambers.

Thus, the power of the RelGovers women, or women in RIG, is not small. This, too, is deserving of contempt and restraint, which often comes from practices that threaten their body, voice, and perspective because they are women.

Historical aspects and how we are now

It is known that the construction of female and male identities and the formation of male superiority and dominance were determined by the biological and historically constructed fate of generations. The woman will have to procreate and take care of the family structure, while the man will be responsible for material diligence about livelihood and external contacts with the surrounding society.

In this context, the advancement of women in the socio-economic and political environment was perceived as opposing male domination, which consequently led to the development of forms of violence against women and the understanding of such violence.

However, there is a concern that increases with each generation and is accompanied by new ways of perceiving women in society and their social functions. The problems of the political rise of minority groups and insecure access to fundamental rights were overcome by creating state structures and laws that allowed social and political development based on access to rights. Two important political and legal advances have been made in advancing the figure and body of women beyond niches: access to specific public rights and policies and their economic empowerment.

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At present, the premises of the Legislative Chambers and state bodies are occupied by more and more women, who differ from men in figures, as a rule, white and middle-aged. However, the data also show that access to jobs, especially leadership positions, is dominated by men.

Understanding the problems associated with the increasing role of women in public and political life is largely related to understanding the forms of violence against women that are committed daily in these conditions. After all, it is through violence that we see resistance to the empowerment and social, economic and political ascent of women in society. When women occupy predominantly male positions, such as the legislative chamber, the judiciary, and the executive, the complexity of apparently patriarchal structures is called into question.

Violence Against Women RelGovers

How do we women of RelGovers feel and be victims of violence at different times in a professional context? Violence is felt, for example, when a woman is suddenly interrupted by a man in a meeting. This phenomenon is now known as interrupt and formally considered psychological abuse.

There are also situations in which a woman, realizing her expertise and positions, explains something important from a technical point of view, and then watches how a person internalizes his explanation and idea. This phenomenon is also recognized as psychological violence, the so-called. bropriation.

When more attention is paid to male figures, which happens when formal positions are declared in masculine rather than feminine, there is symbolic abuse due to the misuse of the masculine term when a woman holds office. and function.

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Women in politics in numbers

Studies such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the World Economic Forum, an organization that promotes reflection on the parliamentary context of several countries, condemn this Brazil ranks 142nd in ranging with 192 countries, in terms of women’s participation in politics. Also, according to the World Economic Forum, Brazil ranked 93rd out of 156 countries in 2021 for the presence of women in formal political power.

The decline in the presence of women in politics is so strong on a global scale that it deserves a separate term to explain this phenomenon. secessiontranslates as feminine recession. Studies show that under the current scenario, it will take 135.6 years to achieve full equality between women and men..

In addition, the IBGE gender indicators condemn various aspects of inequality. Women have the best educational records, have the best school attendance rates, and make up the majority of the population with tertiary education in Brazil. However, only 39.1% of leadership positions are held by women and Men’s earnings are on average 20.5% higher than women’s.

women in congress

It is important to note that in the Legislature from 2018 to 2022 in the Chamber of Deputies there are 77 deputies out of a total of 513. On the other hand, in the Federal Senate there are 16 senators out of a total of 81.

In the RIG environment, men make up the majority in career and leadership positions, making up 60% of coordinators and 70% of directors. Only assistant and analyst positions are dominated by women, accounting for 60% and 58% of positions, respectively.

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look into the future

The statistics give us a difficult scenario for women as they show the persistence of inequalities between women and men. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, offers us the continuity of efforts and the importance of women occupying formal spaces of power: “When a woman enters politics, a woman changes. When many women enter politics, politics changes.”

Thus, advocacy before parliaments, which comes with the proposition of guidelines and legislative proposals and with the construction of qualified information – reports, policy analyzes and technical notes, demonstrates how the implementation of institutional and governmental relations expands the debate about public life. politics and law, and the promotion of different points of view and interests that deserve to be represented.

A gradual change in scenario with more women in RIG careers, in addition to advances in research and legislation to protect women and empower them socioeconomically, presents a promising picture. Overcoming the structures of patriarchal domination and inequality between women and men is slow, but gradually, women began to be perceived, heard and respected. This is what we are looking for more and more.

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