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About Cecilia Sardenberg

Cecilia Sardenberg is a Brazilian feminist, academic and activist. She is the director and a founding member of the Nucleus of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies (NEIM) at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA).

Articles by Cecilia Sardenberg

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Brazilian feminists on the alert

Brazilian feminists have made steady progress at both national and regional levels with establishing sexual and reproductive rights, and they have an important stake in the discussions at this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Cecilia Sardenberg calls on them to be alert against retrogressive steps

The right to abortion: briefing from Brazil

A heated debate over reforms to Brazil's outdated abortion laws has intensified across the country in 2007. The tensions were on show in August at the Brasilia gathering of the second Conference for Public Policies for Women (II CNPM), attended by 2.800 delegates representing all twenty-seven Brazilian states. As they waited for the result of a vote on a proposal to legalise abortion - beyond the current situation, where it is legal only if the pregnancy results from rape or when it puts the mother's life at risk - many of those present feared a coordinated attempt by anti-abortion groups to obstruct the voting process.

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