At least 30% of positions of trust in Brazil's civil service will be reserved for black and mixed-race people, according to a decree signed Tuesday (March 21) by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
“Racism is at the root of inequalities, which is why we must fight it like vermin on a plantation
,” launched the left-wing president in Brasilia, where he signed the decree.
He was accompanied by his Minister for Racial Equality, Anielle Franco, icon of the fight against racism and police violence.
With the aim of
"encouraging the presence of black people in decision-making and management positions"
, the decree indicates that 30% of these positions within the public administration will be reserved for them.
This objective must be achieved by the end of 2025, specifies the government in a note.
Lula, who began his third term in January at the head of this country of 213 million inhabitants, has pledged that his government will reflect “
the face of Brazilian society”
, largely black and mestizo.
Without the absence of racial and gender discrimination,
“there will be no democracy”
, stressed the president.
Brazil is the last country on the American continent to have abolished slavery in 1888. It concentrates the largest black population outside of Africa.
But the scourge of racism there is structural: less than 5% of executives in the 500 largest Brazilian companies are black or from a minority background, according to a study carried out in 2021.