Women October 07, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Inspired by their murdered colleague, these black women are running for office in Brazil

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor October 07, 2018 at 12:00 pm

October 07, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Women

Renata Souza — Bloomberg

Renata Souza

The 36-year-old is a candidate for Rio de Janeiro State Chamber of Deputies from Brazil’s Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL). She was the chief of staff and a close friend to Marielle Franco, whom she met in 2000. Following Franco’s assassination in March 2018, Souza pledged to run for office herself to “carry on Franco’s commitment to fighting for the rights of Rio’s disenfranchised—particularly the poor and predominantly black residents of the city’s favelas, for women of color more generally, and for LGBT citizens, especially those from poor communities.”

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