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Ghost Candidates Plague Brazil's Push for Women in Politics

  • Brazil ranks 154th in world in terms of female representation
  • Political parties legally required to run quota of women
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Luiz Inacio Lula da SilvaPhotographer: Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg
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With elections approaching, Brazil’s political parties are preparing to field the legally required minimum quota of female candidates, but that doesn’t mean they want them to win.

Take Danielle Silva Lopes, for example, who only found out on polling day in October 2016 that she was running for city councilor in Sao Paulo for the Christian Social Democratic Party, despite repeatedly telling the party she had no interest in standing.