Damares Alves

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Damares Alves
Minister of Human Rights, Family and Women
Assumed office
1 January 2019
PresidentJair Bolsonaro
Preceded byGustavo Rocha
Personal details
Born (1964-03-11) 11 March 1964 (age 54)
Paranaguá, Paraná, Brazil

Damares Regina Alves (born March 11, 1964) is an evangelical pastor and incoming Minister of Human Rights, Family and Women in the Presidency of Jair Bolsonaro.[1] She is the second female minister appointed to the new government as of December 2018.[2]


Alves had been a legal adviser in the National Congress for more than 20 years prior to her appointment by Bolsonaro.[3] Deeply religious she has claimed to have seen a vision of Jesus atop a guava tree, and has stated that: "The State is secular, but this minister is extremely Christian, and because of that, she believes in God's design." [4]


She opposes abortion – illegal in Brazil in most cases – believes that women were born to be mothers. “We want a Brazil without abortion,” she said.

In 2016, she told an evangelical congregation: “It is time for the church to tell the nation that we have come ... It is time for the church to govern.[1]

In March 2018, she attacked feminism in an interview. “It's as if there was a war between men and women in Brazil. This does not exist.[1] At her ministerial swearing-in in 2019 she indicated that there will be no more "ideological indoctrination" of children and teenagers in Brazil, and that "girls will be princesses and boys will be princes." Furthermore suggesting that a new era had begun where "boys wear blue and girls wear pink."[5]

Personal life[edit]

Alves is divorced. She has an adoptive daughter.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Bolsonaro abolishes human rights ministry in favour of family values | World news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  2. ^ Marshall, Euan (2018-12-07). "Who is Damares Alves, Brazil's new Minister of Human Rights?". The Brazilian Report. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  3. ^ Melo, Debora (2018-12-07). "Brasil sem aborto. Prioridade a mulheres ribeirinhas e ciganos. O que pensa a nova ministra da Mulher". HuffPost Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  4. ^ https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2019/01/boys-wear-blue-and-girls-wear-pink-says-human-rights-minister.shtml
  5. ^ https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2019/01/boys-wear-blue-and-girls-wear-pink-says-human-rights-minister.shtml
  6. ^ Renata Cafardo e Marianna Holanda (23 de dezembro de 2018). «O que defende Damares Alves, a futura ministra da Mulher». Terra. Consultado em 2 de janeiro de 2019

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