Bertha Lutz Award is given to 21 women in Brasília

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To mark the month in honor of women, the Senate has carried out activities aimed at women’s agenda. This Wednesday (23), 21 women from different areas were awarded the Bertha Lutz diploma, a symbol of the feminist struggle in the 20th century.

The Bertha Lutz diploma is a recognition of people who have contributed to the defense of women’s rights and gender issues in Brazil. The tribute took place in the plenary of the Federal Senate and was represented by women politicians, civil servants, businesswomen, in the health and law areas.

At the opening, the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (PSD-MG), recalled the important role of Bertha Lutz, who bears the name of the award. After being suspended for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bertha Lutz award was again given to the women honored in a Senate session. This year, the honor turns 20 years old.

In all, 21 women were honored. The list is indicated by the senators of the women’s bench. Women who stood out in the fight against the pandemic in Brazil were decorated: the feminist activist, doctor and writer Jurema Werneck, and the infectious disease specialist from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) Margareth Dalcolmo.

First lady Michele Bolsonaro, who was unable to attend, and the chief minister of the Presidency’s Government Secretariat, Flavia Arruda, also received nominations.

The session also paid tribute to Maria da Penha, a victim of domestic violence and a symbol of the struggle. She received her diploma in 2005. By videoconference, Maria da Penha accompanied the session and recalled the law created to combat violence against women in Brazil, sanctioned in 2006

Source: CNN Brasil

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