Open letter: Representativeness at CADE

President of the Republic Jair Bolsonaro,
Federal Senate President David Alcolumbre,
President of the Chamber of Deputies Rodrigo Maia,
Minister of Economy Paulo Guedes,
Minister of Justice and Public Security Sergio Moro,

We would like to respectfully request the consideration of women professionals of the economics and competition law fields to the Administrative Council for Economic Defense – CADE, in order to increase female representation.

The inclusion of women in leadership positions is an economic issue. Women’s greater participation in the economy would increase world GDP by $ 28 trillion by 2025 according to the United Nations (UNFPA). The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in turn, warns that gender inequalities cause, on average, a 15% loss of countries’ income. These are just two of many studies conducted by international organizations that come to the same conclusions.

The CADE, an agency of excellence of the Brazilian public administration, is known for its indications of technical and specialized staff in the areas of competition law and economics. The balance between lawyers and economists at the Council has helped maintain the fairness of decisions.

However, in spite of the fair concern about technical diversity, there is a high prevalence of gender inequality within the authority. In fact, despite the growing number of female experts in these fields in recent years, the Council has only had one female President and 10 female advisers since its creation in 1962.

As associations of women working in international trade and competition law, we reinforce our concern about the proposition of technical indications for the Council and we are convinced that there are female professionals of extreme competence and merit to be considered in the next indications to this public body.

Created in 2017, the Women Inside Trade (WIT) and the Women in Antitrust (WIA) associations aim to strengthen the role of women in international trade and antitrust in Brazil and abroad, increasing representation and parity.

With over 500 professionals from different areas of trade and antitrust, WIT and WIA seek to encourage theoretical and technical exchanges, share professional experience, and to promote the high-level work performed by women, while also drawing attention to gender gap worldwide.

We thank you for your attention and we are at your disposal for further clarification.



* Subscribe to this letter lawyers, professors, diplomats, public servants from several governmental agencies, employees of international organizations as well as high rank representatives from companies of different economic sector. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of our organizations.

Lançamento do Documentário “Exteriores – Mulheres Brasileiras na Diplomacia”

Mesmo depois de cem anos do ingresso da primeira mulher na carreira diplomática, as mulheres representam apenas 23% do corpo diplomático do Brasil. Para tentar explicar esse número, resgatar a história e discutir a realidade das mulheres brasileiras na diplomacia, o coletivo Grupo de Mulheres Diplomatas produziu o documentário Exteriores – Mulheres Brasileiras na Diplomacia, que será lançado no dia 6 de dezembro, às 19h30, no Espaço Cultural Renato Russo (W3 Sul, 508), em Brasília.

Com duração de 53 minutos e direção de Ivana Diniz, o projeto resgata histórias como a de Maria José de Castro Rebello Mendes, a primeira diplomata brasileira, e de Mônica de Menezes Campos, a primeira diplomata negra, aprovada em 1978. As demais entrevistadas são as diplomatas Vitória Cleaver, Thereza Quintella, Edileuza Fontenelle, Maria Nazareth Farani, Ana Maria Sampaio, Eugenia Barthelmess, Irene Vida Gala, Sônia Gomes e Gisela Padovan, Marise Nogueira, Viviane Balbino, Amena Yassine, Laura Delamonica e Márcia de Menezes Campos, irmã de Mônica Menezes.

Exteriores – Mulheres Brasileiras na Diplomacia é uma realização independente e fruto de financiamento coletivo (crowdsourcing) realizado em junho e julho de 2018. Na ocasião, o grupo reuniu cerca de RS$ 45mil por meio de doações voluntárias para financiar a produção do documentário, que levou seis meses para ficar pronto. O projeto também contou com o apoio da Associação dos Diplomatas Brasileiros (ADB).

O Grupo de Mulheres Diplomatas é um coletivo criado em 2013 e que hoje reúne mais de um terço das diplomatas brasileiras. O documentário não tem qualquer vinculação institucional com o Ministério das Relações Exteriores. As opiniões constantes não devem ser interpretadas como opiniões do MRE.

Ficha técnica:
Exteriores-Mulheres Brasileiras na Diplomacia
Direção: Ivana Diniz
Produção: Argonautas
Direção de arte: Marcia Roth
Edição e finalização: Marisa Rabelo
Roteiro: Ana Beatriz Nogueira e Ivana Diniz

Lançamento Exteriores-Mulheres Brasileiras na Diplomacia
Quando: 6 de dezembro de 2018, às 19h30
Onde: Espaço Cultural Renato Russo (Brasília, W3 Sul, 508)
Entrada gratuita / Aberto ao público

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Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment is announced!


Picture: WTO’s MC11


We, from Women Inside Trade, celebrate the Joint Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment announced today (12) on the occasion of the World Trade Organization’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires.

The aim of this Joint Declaration is to provide a framework and platform for Members to encourage a more inclusive trade agenda as they seek to guarantee that trade benefits all.

According to the Declaration[i],

  • Gender is an essential component of inclusive economic growth, which requires gender-responsive trade policies;

  • International trade and investment drive growth, and inclusive trade policies can lead to better outcomes for women, growth, and poverty reduction;

  • Women face specific barriers to participating in the economy.

In order to make their policies more gender-responsive, Members can act by:

  1. Sharing experiences on gender-responsive policies and programs;

  2. Sharing best practice for analyzing trade policies and their effects on women;

  3. Sharing methods for collecting, analyzing and using gender-disaggregated data;

  4. Working together in the WTO to remove barriers that impact women’s economic empowerment and involvement in trade;

  5. Ensuring Aid for Trade provides tools and approaches to make trade policy more gender responsive.

This is a very important – albeit symbolic – step towards change for better in terms of gender equality. We congratulate the signing countries on the initiative and call on Brazil, our home country, to support it.

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