A federal court in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has awarded a fine to the state for sexist language by President Jair Bolsonaro and several other officials.
“The sexist jokes and nasty comments show disregard and disrespect for women by Bolsonaro and members of his team and constitute an attack on the guaranteed rights of women,” the Brazilian attorney general’s office said.
The plaintiff cited several instances of “abuse of free speech” by Bolsonaro, as well as by Economy Minister Paulo Guedes and former Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernest Araujo. Among these abuses were, for example, Gedes’ words about the French president’s wife, Brigitte Macron — the Brazilian official called her “ugly.
A woman was also sued for sexism by the general prosecutor’s office, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights Damares Alves, who said that in marriage, “a woman must submit to a man.”
Personally, the president of the country was condemned for comparing Brazil to “a virgin coveted by any visiting passer-by.”
As a result of the trial, the state was obliged to allocate 10 million reais to conduct an information campaign against sexism.
Earlier, the World Health Organization was accused of sexism for proposing a ban on alcohol for women of childbearing age.