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Brazil's female seek to take power in upcoming elections

SHOTLIST:ASSOCIATED PRESSSao Paulo – 18 September 20221. Sonia Guajajara, Indigenous leader and Congress candidate marching and holding a Brazilian flag painted in red symbolizing indigenous killed in Brazil UPSOUND (Portuguese) "Indigenous blood, not a single drop more"HEADLINE: Female minorities reach for office in Brazil's elections2. Indigenous shouting (Portuguese) UPSOUND "Indigenous blood, not a single drop more" holding placards with the names of Indigenous killed.3. Guajajara with other indigenous singing their traditional songs during a campaign event in Paulista avenueANNOTATION: Women make up more than half of Brazil's electorate, but represent less than one-sixth of Congress,4. Promotional campaign banners with Guajajara next to Former President Lula da SilvaANNOTATION: and an even smaller fraction are also Black or Indigenous.5. Various of Guajaja campaigning in Paulista Avenue and taking pictures to supportersANNOTATION: Guajajara is part of a group of 60 Indigenous candidates running for seats in Congress.6. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Sonia Guajajara, Candidate for Federal Lawmaker:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"There is a huge invisibility as to what we are, negligence in public power, lack of public policies. That is why I'm here: to try to guarantee access to these rights that were conquered on paper, but never reached us."ASSOCIATED PRESSSao Paulo – 25 September 20227. Various of Lula's supporters waving and chanting "Lula, Lula" in a campaign event8. Various of state deputy candidate Ediane Maria Nascimento on the stage greeting peopleANNOTATION: Ediane Maria Nascimento has worked her entire life as a housekeeperand could become the first one to ever occupy a seat in Sao Paulo state's legislature.9. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Ediane Maria Nascimento, housekeeper and Candidate for state lawmaker:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"We cannot have a Congress formed by a great majority of rich white men who don't represent our class. They will not work on our agenda. Our agenda will not be a priority. Only with us occupying these places will we be able to say 'I want to have rights, I want to have dignity.'"10. Transgender candidate for state lawmaker Danieli Balbi distributing leafletsLocation: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil11. Balbi recording a video campaignANNOTATION: Underrepresented women's candidacies also struggle to gain traction with voters given widespread racism, sexism and LGBT-phobia.12. Campaign leaflets from Balbi13. Various of Balbi distributing leaflets and taking pictures with supporters13. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Dani Balbi, Candidate for state lawmaker:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"A Black transgender woman occupying Rio's legislature would shake up the structures. I would dispute the budget, dispute the direction of public policy and that will be very uncomfortable for them (traditional lawmakers). But I don't care."14. Balbi walking in the street with her campaign teamSTORYLINE:Women make up more than half of Brazil's electorate, but one wouldn't know it from the nation's halls of power. They represent less than one-sixth of Congress, and an even smaller fraction are also Black or Indigenous. Some women are trying to change that on Sunday, when Brazilians will vote for their representatives in state legislatures and Congress' Lower House. Women have historically faced difficulty gaining backing from political parties, which prompted laws to boost participation. Per electoral laws, a minimum 30% of parties' candidates for state legislatures and Congress' Lower House must be female, and they must jointly receive at least the same share of the parties' allocation of public electoral funding. Still, in past elections, some parties have been accused of obliging female candidates to steer funds received to male counterparts, or plowing funds reserved for all of them into just a few women's campaigns with better odds of victory.Underrepresented women's candidacies also struggle to gain traction with voters given widespread racism, sexism and LGBT-phobia. Barefoot while chanting and singing traditional songs, dozens of Indigenous people marched Sept. 18 on Sao Paulo's main avenue. They followed Sônia Guajajara, who carried a Brazilian flag splashed with red paint to symbolize the blood of her people. The Guajajara patrol their protected territory to expel invaders, which has often put them in the crosshairs — most recently this month.Guajajara, 48, is part of a group of 60 Indigenous candidates running for seats in both houses of Congress to increase Indigenous representation.Brazil is home to approximately 897,000 Indigenous people, according to the latest census. Yet there have only ever been two Indigenous federal lawmakers: Xavante tribesman Mário Juruna, who was elected in 1982 and served one term, and Joênia Wapichana, elected in 2018. Guajajara aims to be the third. "There is a huge invisibility as to what we are, negligence in public power, lack of public policies in Indigenous territories," Guajajara told The Associated Press in her campaign office. "That is why I'm here: to try to guarantee access to these rights that were conquered on paper, but never reached us." Elsewhere in the city, in the working-class Itaquera neighborhood, a young lady with tears in her eyes approached Ediane Maria Nascimento, a Black candidate for the state legislature, on Sept. 25."You must win!" she said. "My mom is also a housekeeper. I look at you and I see her and all she has suffered. You mean a lot to us." Nascimento, 38, returned the kind words with a wide smile and a hug. "We are going together," said the candidate, who is a leader of the Homeless Workers Movement. A migrant from the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Nascimento is a single mother of four. She has worked her entire life as a housekeeper and, as she noted in an interview, could become the first one to ever occupy a seat in Sao Paulo state's legislature. Nascimento said she represents many women who, like her, have dreams of advancement, but feel nobody is working on their behalf. "We cannot have a Congress formed by a great majority of rich white men who don't represent our class," she said. "Only with us occupying these places will we be able to say 'I want to have rights, I want to have dignity.'" As a Black, transgender woman, Dani Balbi, 33, says she is only ever called upon to discuss race and gender. But the 33-year-old university literature professor and screenwriter says she shouldn't be boxed in, and argues she is capable of discussing issues normally reserved for the white, heterosexual men who hold the levers of power.Balbi on Sept. 20 handed out flyers on a busy street downtown and spoke to passersby. She explained that she is seeking a spot in Rio de Janeiro's state legislature to push for more public funds for culture, education, expanded childcare and other social benefits. And she said the state could finance greater expenditures by shifting its priorities to low-income workers, for example by revoking tax exemptions for big companies. "A Black transgender woman occupying Rio's legislature would shake up the structures," she said in an interview. "The fact that I would dispute the budget, dispute the direction of the public policies that will bother them (traditional deputies) a lot. But I don't care." 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