The Mexican Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, the ELAS Fund and UN Women invite you to the screening of the film Roma (Mexico/USA, 2018) and a debate with Nair Jane Lima, Creuza Oliveira and Cleide Pinto, activists and defenders of domestic workers' rights in Brazil, Ana Carolina Querino, Acting Representative of UN Women Brazil and film critic Maurício de Bragança.
The event takes place on Monday, April 29th at 6pm at the State Park Library (Av. Presidente Vargas, 1261 - Centro - Rio de Janeiro). Admission is free.
Domestic workers on the scene
Winner of the 2019 Oscars for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film, Roma is an autobiography by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón and portrays the routine of a family in Mexico City in 1970, silently accompanied by a woman (Yalitza Aparicio) who works as a nanny and domestic worker.
To what extent does the story of Roma's protagonist connect with the reality experienced by domestic workers in Brazil? This is the starting point for the debate that UN Women, the Consulate General of Mexico in Rio de Janeiro and the ELAS Fund are promoting to commemorate National Domestic Workers' Day.
Although the profession only received legal recognition in 1972 (at first with very few labor rights), the organization of domestic workers is more than 80 years old: the first association was created in 1936 by Mrs. Laudelina de Campos Mello in Santos (SP). Although important advances have been made, such as PEC 150/2015, known as the Domestic Workers' PEC, there is still a long way to go to ensure the rights of domestic workers, who number more than 7 million Brazilians, most of them black women.
About the guests:
Ana Carolina Querino is the National Program Officer for UN Women Brazil. She also currently holds the position of Acting Representative of UN Women Brazil. She is a political scientist and holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis on comparative politics from the University of Brasília (UnB).
Cleide Pinto is a domestic worker and president of the Nova Iguaçu Domestic Workers Union. She coordinates initiatives to strengthen the category, such as the project "Decent Work and Equal Rights: strengthening the collective of women domestic workers for the implementation of Law 150/2015", supported by the ELAS Fund, which was dedicated to training leaders of the domestic workers' movement. With Louisa Acciari, Cleide will coordinate the courses of the training modules for union leaders for domestic workers launched on April 27 by FENATRAD, the ILO and the Solidarity Center.
Creuza Oliveira é trabalhadora doméstica, sindicalista e política brasileira. Começou a trabalhar aos 10 anos e estudar aos 16 anos. Em 1983, ela começou seu ativismo político lutando para melhorar as condições de vida das trabalhadoras domésticas, junto ao movimento sindical e ao movimento de mulheres negras. Em 2003, assumiu o cargo de Presidente da Fenatrad (Federação Nacional dos Trabalhadore