Brazilian President sparks anger on International Women’s Day by praising ability to check supermarket prices

Michel Temer thanks female audience in Brasilia for expertise in domestic chores

Thursday 09 March 2017 16:01
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Brazil's President Michel Temer, already under fire for appointing an all-male Cabinet
Brazil's President Michel Temer, already under fire for appointing an all-male Cabinet

Women's group in Brazil are reacting with anger after President Michel Temer praised females in his International Women's Day speech for taking care of homes, nurturing families and checking prices at supermarkets.

Temer made the comments in a ceremony at the presidential place Wednesday.

The unpopular leader also said Brazilian women have more chances to join the labour market now beyond taking care of domestic affairs and he said women are treated as second-class citizens in other parts of the world, without providing details.

But his praise of women as homemakers outraged activists who accused him of playing down the role of women in society.

Temer took over as president in May and he initially appointed an all-male Cabinet. Now his 28-member Cabinet has two women.

AP

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