According to Agencia Senado, the bill, authored by Senator Zenaide Maia and presented on the occasion of International Women’s Day, will now be sent to the Chamber of Deputies.
“We understand that this bill is extremely pertinent, as it recognizes that women suffer violations to their honor motivated by the fact that they are women and, therefore, there is a need for a specific typification for this form of violence,” Maia pointed out.
She assured that the change will discourage the practice of these crimes due to the feminine condition, which affect women’s honor.
Currently, the crime of slander provides for a prison term of six months to two years; defamation, a sentence of three months to one year, in addition to a fine.
For its part, the crime of injury has a penalty of one to six months, or a fine, for those who “insult someone, offending their dignity or decorum”.
For his international day, thousands of Brazilian women occupied the streets of Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, in acts against the male chauvinism culture and femicides, under chants and posters calling for the ouster of the ultra-right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro.