Opinion | don’t kill us

Gender violence, despite having a transversal characteristic, that is, that all women can be victims of domestic violence and femicide, regardless of their race or social class, the data confirm that the main victims are black women.

According to Sueli Carneiro, philosopher, writer and anti-racist activist of the black and women’s social movement, “as much as all women are subject to this type of violence, since it is systematic, it is important to observe the group that is most susceptible to her, since their bodies have been historically dehumanized, ultrasexualized, seen as a sexual object”.

The CPI on Femicide installed in the Legislative Chamber of the Federal District on November 5, 2019, by approving its final report on May 10, 2021, which will be forwarded to DF authorities, concluded the investigative work that there is omission and failures in the treatment of victims of domestic violence and femicide.

According to the report, which analyzed 90 cases of attempts and feminicides carried out between 2019 and 2020, black women are the main victims in the DF, about 79%, practically 8 out of every 10 victims. Almost 50% already had urgent protective measures against the aggressor before the crime and in 75% of the cases there were reports and records prior to the murders.

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In 2021, only in the first quarter, the DF has already registered a 40% increase in the number of attempted femicide compared to last year. The aggressors, for the most part, are husbands or ex-husbands and the acts are configured linked within their homes.

These women are affected in their bodies by an exhausting work routine inside and outside their homes, noting the unequal power relations between them and men.

On October 3, another case of femicide committed against Cilma da Cruz Galvão, director of Policies for Women and Combating Racism at Sindiservices/DF, murdered by her husband inside her residence, corroborated the need to confront such failures and omissions .

There is a lack of articulation between the Criminal Justice System, which needs qualification, the Public Security System and the Judiciary, which see black subjects and subjects as originally predisposed to crime or to commit crimes.

Added to this is the negligence of Governor Ibaneis Rocha, who does not reduce, through effective public policies, the demand between the provision of public services for women and the operation of these services.

The Secretary of State for Women in the DF has not been aware of the complexity of violence against women in all its physical, psychological, sexual, moral and patrimonial expressions.

When women access the State, they need to obtain concrete referrals as a response, where there is an environment of prevention, protection and combat.

It is necessary to counteract the cycle of violence that women in general, and black women and girls in particular, are subjected to on a daily basis. For this, it is necessary to face together the other sectors involved, such as health, public security, justice, education, social assistance, in order to build actions against gender, racial and social class inequalities and violence.

How many still need to be violated in their rights and killed so that we are not just numbers in statistics and increased audiences in television programs?

The context of the pandemic aggravated the situation, which was no longer favorable to us, with the vulnerability, impoverishment, the resurgence of racism and machismo in the face of covid-19.

Women organized in the Baobá Black Women’s Collective have built actions to fight against the elimination of women’s bodies, especially black women and girls, the silencing, invisibility, devaluation and contempt historically experienced by this majority segment of the population which, according to IBGE, make up the largest number of informal and underutilized.

In this sense, we joined forces with the Feminist Levant Against Feminicide in the DF, an articulation composed of a group of feminist women from the DF and Surrounding Areas in the national campaign against the feminicide and necropolitical state, which destroys rights hard won by women.

Women organized in the Black Women’s Collective have been building actions with communities in the DF (Morro do Sabão, in Samambaia and Sector of Chácara Lúcio Costa), composed of single mothers, domestic workers, recyclers, unemployed, with the objective of fighting against elimination. of women’s bodies, mainly black women and girls, the silencing, invisibility, devaluation and contempt historically experienced by this majority segment of the population which, according to IBGE, make up the largest number of informal and underutilized.

We are articulated, fighting and resisting racism, machismo, the exploitation of capitalism, whose neoliberal model and its liberalizing policies have caused extremely negative impacts for the black and indigenous population, and for the good life.



*The Collective of Black Women Baobá of DF and Entorno, founded on December 30, 2020, is a political articulation that aims to promote the fight against racism, machismo, sexism, lesbophobia, transphobia, all forms of violence against black women . Through the practice of Social Good Living with the historical, social, economic, political and cultural involvement of black people, especially black women, especially those involved in community spaces.

**This is an opinion piece. The authors’ view does not necessarily express the editorial line of the newspaper Brasil de Fato DF.

Source: Federal District BdF

Edition: Flávia Quirino

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