We live in challenging times. Whether from social, economic and political perspectives, discussions related to human rights have long been necessary in Brazil, and are now taking center stage in the country’s agenda.
The health, economic and humanitarian crises generated by the Covid-19 pandemic have further exposed vulnerable populations to the deeply rooted inequality ever-present throughout Brazil’s history. The pandemic has allowed us to better understand the extent that gender, race and sexual orientation – along with other markers of social difference – affect Brazilians’ ability to exercise their fundamental rights. At the same time, the pandemic has awakened a widespread sense of solidarity and the understanding that collective responsibility, commitment and effort are required for effective social transformation.