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Ciro Gomes, Rights, Equality and Diversity

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Diversity and Gender Rights

Illustrative Photo of the Position of Ciro Gomes on Diversity and Rights

The diversity of the Brazilian population is a recognized fact. Under the different cuts that can be made (ethno-racial, social class, income, gender, culture, religion), we find in our country diverse social groups that deserve respect and which, as Brazilian citizens, are organized by the same social contract of duties rights. Our Federal Constitution, enacted on 1988, deals with fundamental rights and guarantees in Brazil, stresses, in the sense of promoting and valuing diversity.

The country's advancement has brought the collective perception that respect for diversity and human rights is needed in a number of measures, including for the economic development of a country. Recognizing their differences as positive, Brazil realizes different cultures and interests of its social groups. Possessing different interests means greater possibilities of converting diversity into practices and services, symbolic and material goods, social experiences, streamlining actions and economic exchanges.

In this way, Brazilian public policies (whether in education, culture, health or legislation) must be attentive to the diversity of the population of our country and should seek to promote inclusion, since stigmatization still exists in Brazil. prejudice, racism, classicism, homophobia, political hatred and various other forms of devaluation of individuals.

Role of the State, secularism and the valorization of diversity

It is important to understand that any polarization and dichotomy that can be done about the population does not correspond to the reality of our country - a total of more than 200 million people. - which is more beautiful, diverse and complex than any gross reductions and simplifications.

Issues such as diversity and inclusion should involve a broad and qualified national debate, in which the federal government (in the figure of the President of the Republic) does not need to play a leading role, but certainly needs to mediate the debate: to call society, the various organizations involved, the technical knowledge and representatives of different experiences, always in the sense of promoting the guarantees and the rights present in the Federal Constitution.

The example of affirmative action

In recent years, a great example of public policy of recognition of diversity and search for inclusion can be seen in the affirmative actions of fixing admission quotas of the population in vacancies of public universities.

After a few years since the implementation of these actions, it is possible to affirm that it was worth answering the questions of inequality and diversity through affirmative actions, because the benefit was fast and profound. These are important policies to date and it is necessary to keep in mind that they are part of a larger project of inclusion, of building equality so that, in the near future, opportunities for citizens are more balanced. Likewise, it is necessary to keep in mind the fact that, gradually and with respect to the inequalities of opportunities, it is necessary to seek and value merit in professional and innovation spaces.

Gender equality

The State and its public development policies can also be directed towards the promotion of gender equality, the inclusion of women and the LGBT + population in institutional spaces and the labor market, towards the end of structural violence and oppression against these same groups . Recognizing these needs in a development project in Brazil is tantamount to complying with the principles of individual rights guarantees in our Federal Constitution and is equivalent to inserting the country into the global discussions on promoting human rights. These actions, it is emphasized, depend on the action of a state based on secularism, respecting diversity, without interference of moralisms and dogmas of any kind in the public policies of its responsibility.

Gender equality certainly involves speeches, but it must also occur in political actions so that women and the entire LGBT + population are political agents present in institutional spaces of governance, public policymaking, strategic thinking and their implementation. In addition, it is important to recognize the different demands of gender equality movements, for example, in the case of black women and trans people.

Ciro Gomes and the theme of diversity

When mayor of Fortaleza, in 1989, the team of Ciro Gomes counted on seven municipal secretaries, among the fourteen places of the total of secretaries. Then, when governor of Ceará, he repeated the equal participation in the government departments. Regarding quotas in universities as affirmative actions, Ciro was in favor, for the reasons mentioned above. It is generally a political leader focused on the promotion of social equality, the rights of minorities, the valuing of diversity ("investment in people") as a basis for a national development project.

Valuing diversity, in a true way, goes through this, that is, the need to accept demands and produce consensus, without one social group having only to lose while another only has to win. In virtually all Cyrus' speeches, it is possible to see a political leadership that moves away from polarizations and dichotomies and proposes that we think Brazil in our complex nature - refusing simplifications, ready-made recipes, and hatred built on prejudices.


Policy of Ciro Gomes

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At 0 years old. And re-elected on 1986.


Governor of Ceará

Won UN award for reducing child mortality.



Mayor of Fortaleza

And was considered best mayor of Brazil.


Minister of Finance of Itamar Franco

Helped in the Real Plan. One of the lowest inflation in history.

The first candidacy for the Presidency

Number of Votes: 7.426.190 - 10,97


Minister of National Integration of Lula

Responsible for the transposition of the São Francisco River.


Secretary of Health of Ceará

He was then Director of Transnordestina S / A.


The second candidacy for the Presidency

Number of Votes: 10.170.882 - 11,97


Deputy Federal Ceará

With the highest proportional votes in the history of Brazil.



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