President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced this Wednesday a bill that equalizes the salaries paid to men and women, during a ceremony in which the murdered councilwoman Marielle Franco was remembered.
“When we accept that women earn less than men for the same function, we are perpetuating historical violence”said the president.
“In the salary equalization law that we are presenting now (to Congress) we were explicit in placing the word mandatory” for compliance with that equalization, Lula stressed.
“There are going to be many people who do not want to pay equal salaries, but in those cases justice will have to act”raised during the event held at the Planalto Palace.
There were the former president, Dilma Rousseff, and the ministers for Women, Cida Concalves, for Racial Equality, Anielle Franco, sister of Marielle Franco, councilwoman and activist who was murdered in 2018 in Rio de Janeiro by two former police officers.
“We will fight for Marielle Franco, after six years we celebrate March 8 again with the implementation of public policies for the women of this country,” said Minister Goncalves.
What does the equal pay law propose in Brazil?
The text of the bill had not been disclosed until after midday, but according to the Minister of Planning, Simone Tebet, the initiative provides for a fine of 10 times the highest salary paid in the company in case of non-compliance with salary parity. This level will apply to companies with at least 20 employees.
the text too It will open the possibility for the courts to issue an emergency order that obliges the company to pay the same salary.
Pay equalization was a campaign promise from Tebeth, who came in third in the presidential race and supported Lula in the second round.
“The first request I made to Lula at the end of the first round. President, we need to approve a bill for equal pay between men and women with a heavy fine to hurt the pockets of those who, in bad faith, pay different wages to a woman because of being a woman,” she said.
Cida proposes a “pact” against misogyny
The Minister of Women, Cida Gonçalvessaid for its part that the government decided to commemorate March 8 with public policies to confront violence against women and promote gender equality, economic autonomy and comprehensive health of women.
The minister proposed a pact with society to confront misogyny. “You cannot naturalize contempt and hatred towards women,” said Cida.
The minister also informed that the government will launch a “National pact to confront femicide” with joint actions with the states. announced measures
On the other hand, the government announced a decree with the commitment of free distribution of feminine hygiene products for the menstrual period in the Unified Health System (SUS).
It was also reported that R$ 372 million (just over 72 million dollars) will be invested in the implementation of 40 units of the House of Brazilian Womenwith resources from the National Public Security Fund.
The government will recreate the “Women Living Without Violence” program, which provides for the donation of 270 vehicles for the Maria da Penha Patrol in 26 states and the Federal District.
also announced a decree that regulates a quota of 8% in the workforce of women victims of violence in public contracting in the direct federal administration, local governments and foundations.
It was also announced during the event that every March 14 will be the National Day of Marielle Franco, the Rio de Janeiro councilwoman murdered on that date in 2018 along with her driver Anderson Gomes. The action aims to raise awareness against gender and racial political violence, the G1 news site noted.
Other announcements that were made in the ratification of Convention 190 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), on violence and harassment at work.
Likewise, the government announced the creation of a policy to deal with sexual and moral harassment and discrimination in the federal public administration.