The Minister of Rights and Citizenship, Silvio Almeida, participated, this Wednesday (8), in the program “Good Morning, Minister” by Empresa Brasil de Comunicação (EBC). In a live conversation with radio stations across the country, he detailed actions developed by the Ministry of Human Rights and Citizenship (MDHC), with emphasis on Novo Viver sem Limite, aimed at protecting and defending the rights of people with disabilities. The program will be launched on November 22nd, at Palácio do Planalto.
Silvio Almeida began his participation by talking about “Black November”, a series of interministerial actions in celebration of Black Consciousness Day. “It is a very special occasion, because it refers to a central struggle for the country, for human rights. The fight for the dignity of the black population in Brazil, but it goes beyond that. The month also marks Brazil’s reunion with itself”, he pointed out.
Among the actions developed, Silvio Almeida explained that, in partnership with BNDES (National Bank for Economic and Social Development), an initiative will be launched in reference to places of memory of slavery in the country, with 100 recognition plaques in historical places that witnessed the Brazil’s slave-owning past.
New Living without Limits
Still on the actions to be launched in November, the head of MDHC detailed the Novo Viver sem Limite, which will have four axes: inclusive and participatory management; confronting violence and ableism; accessibility and assistive technology; and promotion of economic, social, cultural and environmental rights. “There are more than 100 recommended actions and 22 structuring ones. 30 ministries participate. Although it is an action coordinated and organized by the Ministry of Human Rights and Citizenship, it is an action by the federal government,” he said.
The minister also highlighted the coincidence of the launch of the plan during the “Black November” actions. “There is a direct relationship between racism and people with disabilities, as according to some studies, a large part of the population declares themselves black. Especially because the issue of disability also has to do with adaptation to the environment, with accessibility, precarious conditions of poverty, inequality. Therefore, these people have less access, less conditions to overcome environmental barriers,” he explained.
New episode of the videocast “Human Rights for Whom?” is already on air and addresses the rights of people with disabilities; watch
Silvio Almeida also discussed during the interview the actions aimed at the homeless population, underway in the department. “We are developing, whose launch is now scheduled for December, the National Plan in Defense of the Homeless Population, which will have as its central point the right to housing. But it also involves other conditions, such as health, education, work and employment, and the issue of alcohol and other drug abuse, which today is treated only as a health case”, he highlighted.
Another topic discussed in the program was the prison system, within the scope of the Human Rights Caravan, which monitors the situation of spaces of deprivation of liberty, with the aim of building collaborative means that overcome situations of rights violations in the places, as well as collaborating in engaging in the construction of state systems to prevent and combat torture. The caravan, launched in August, has already passed through Vitória (ES) and Recife (PE) to dialogue with social movements and bodies involved in the issue.
During the interview, the minister was also approached about topics such as public health; policies aimed at the elderly population; MDHC’s reporting channels, such as Dial 100; equal pay; the ministry’s participation in the Unified Competition; and actions in the Marajó region (PA).
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