• Cecília MacDowell Santos


In the late 1970s and mid-1980s, pressure from social movement actors, such as women’s and feminist groups, forced the military regime, established by the 1964 military coup, to initiate a process of redemocratization in Brazil. At the time, diverse social movements mobilized to end the regime and to expand the rights of oppressed groups, including workers, women, blacks, Indians, homosexuals, and transvestites. This political and social climate allowed for the creation of the world’s first women’s police station in 1985.


Civil Society Sexual Orientation Police Station Police Officer Batter Woman 
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