Far-Right Politics and the Disputes over Gender Equality in Brazil

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Flávia Biroli has a Master's and PhD in History at Unicamp (Brazil). She is currently a full professor of Political Science at the University of Brasília (UnB), where she has taught since 2005. She was the president of the Brazilian Political Science Association (2018-20), one of the founders of the Brazilian Network of Women Scientists (2021), and a senior researcher for the National Observatory of Women in Politics of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. She was a member of the international Expert Groups that prepared the reports for the 64th and 65th Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations (2019 and 2020). She has also collaborated with UN Women Brazil in different projects since 2016. She published dozens of articles in Brazilian and international journals, mostly on gender and democracy in Latin America. They present research on women’s political participation, disputes about abortion rights, theoretical debates on autonomy and care, and analysis of the backlash against gender in its connections to the pushback in democracy in the region. She is the author of many books, among them Gênero e Desigualdades: Limites da Democracia no Brasil (São Paulo, Boitempo Editorial, 2018), Gênero, Neoconservadorismo e Democracia (São Paulo, Boitempo Editorial, 2020, with Maria Machado and Juan Vaggione), Feminismo e Política (São Paulo, Boitempo Editorial, 2014, with Luis Felipe Miguel), Autonomia e Desigualdades de Gênero (Niterói, Editora UFF, 2013). She also co-edited many books, including Mulher, Poder e Ciência Política (Campinas, Editora da Unicamp, 2020).

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