Discover "Diálogos - Dialogues: a series of ÉRIGAL capsules", a set of interviews that highlight local actors, practitioners, and academics from Latin America.
How were care and reproductive work constructed as political issues in Brazil? In which context and through what actions can the demands formulated by women’s and feminist movements to address the unequal distribution of childcare and reproductive work between parents in gendered, classed, and racialized ways, be translated into public policy? What limits do legal initiatives at the intersection of social movements and “traditional” politics, face in present-day Brazil?
To begin answering those questions, Rose Chabot, PhD Candidate at McGill University, meets with Amanda Mendonça and Pâmella Passos, researchers and activists who collaborated with municipal delegate Marielle Franco in the participatory construction of a law titled « Espaço Coruja », adopted in 2018 by the legislature of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The law seeks the creation of a public, night-time childcare space, to allow families—particularly, women and mothers who suffer from intersecting forms of oppression—to work, study, and participate in political life.