The treatment of women in a patriarchal society: The case of constitutional amendments in Brazil.

Coloniality still plays a big role in Latin American societies. It is still possible to see the colonizers’ thoughts and perspectives in the current order. Politics and lawmaking are usually dominated by men and exist within a very patriarchal society. Brazil, unfortunately, is an example. Two proposals to modify the 1988 Constitution that are pending before the Congress clearly suggest this coloniality. First ‘PEC 181’, which may restrict women’s access to their sexual and reproductive rights.  And second ‘PEC590’, regarding women´s participation in politics. While the first bill, which prohibits abortion in all cases, is being inserted at a fast-track-voting pace, the second, which points to securing women being proportionally represented in Congress, is almost being excluded from the debates. After 12 years, this bill has not yet been put to a vote. This scenario clearly shows that current Brazilian society still denies gender and sexuality claims, supporting the existence of a hierarchy that allows the continued imposition of violence. From a critical decolonial point of view, this proposal intends to draw attention to the danger/importance that legislation of this nature present to a true pluralist society, or, at least, to the awareness of such differences and to the engagement of dialogues among societies, that definably could not be denied anymore. From a critical decolonial point of view, this proposal intends to draw attention to the danger that legislation of this nature presents for a true pluralist society.