Damares Alves

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Damares Alves
Damares Alves em fevereiro de 2019 (2).jpg
Alves in February 2019
Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights
Assumed office
1 January 2019
PresidentJair Bolsonaro
Preceded byGustavo Rocha
Personal details
Born (1964-09-11) September 11, 1964 (age 55)
Paranaguá, Paraná, Brazil

Damares Regina Alves (born in September 11, 1964) is a Brazilian attorney and evangelical pastor. She has been 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] Damares should be concerned about issues such as abortion, women trafficking, suicide,[3], juvenile self-harming, and combatting drugs. However her main priority so far has been the spread of fake news and the enhancement of hate speech against both LGTBQ+ and feminist movements. Alves pretends to be engaged in the preparation of youth for the Fourth Industrial Revolution but the main intention seems to be the consolidation of a pactuated and conservative agenda between different ministries of the Federal Government capable of integrating programs, policies, projects and initiatives under the same, articulated perspective of destroying brazilian education.[4]


Born in Paraná, Damares went to the northeast along with her family. As a child, she lived in Bahia, in Alagoas and Sergipe. She also lived in São_Carlos (interior of São Paulo). These movings are strictly linked to her father's profission, the pastor Henrique Alves Sobrinho, "Quadrangular" Gospel Church—Foursquare Gospel Church—as it is called in Brazil, founder of more thant one hundred church temples through-out Brazil. Damares also became a pastor herself.[5]

She graduated in Law in the now extinct Faculdades Integradas de São Carlos [pt], an institution that was uncredentialed by the Ministery of Education (MEC) in 2011 and that is forbidden to make entrance exams since 2012.[6]

In São Carlos, she worked in the Municipal Secretary of Tourism,[7] acting in the old COMTUR (Municipal Commission of Tourism), during the government of the mayor Vadinho de Guzzi.[8] In 1999, shortly before obtaining her registration in the Advocates' Order of São Paulo (OAB-SP, a São Carlos subsection), she became junior parliamentarian auxiliary, in Brasília.[9][10]

She was a pastor of Foursquare Church[11] and also of the Baptist Church of Lagoinha,[11] in Belo Horizonte.[12]

She was coordinator of the educational project of Proteger Program,[citation needed] organization created by Guilherme Zanina Schelb, regional attorney of the Republic in the Federal District and member of the National Association of Evangelical Jurists (organization of which Damares was Director of Parliamentary Affairs[13]), known for defending the project nicknamed "Escola Sem Partido [pt], a project that promotes the plurality of ideas and points of view within public school classes.[14]

In 1999, Damares moved to Brasília to work as a parliamentary assistant in the office of deputy Joshua Bengtson (PTB-PA), also pastor of the Church of the Foursquare Gospel.[11] She also worked for federal deputy Arolde de Oliveira (PSD), a senator elected by Rio de Janeiro in 2018, and whose success at the polls in October was due, in large part, to the support of the so-called "Bolsonaro clan."[15] She also served as a parliamentary auxiliary in Senator Magno Malta's office,[16][17] prior to the bond with the senator in favor of the Espírito Santo state. He was chief of cabinet of another exponent of the neopentecostal bench in the Chamber of Deputies, the federal deputy Goiano {João Campos de Araújo (PRB).[18]

She worked as legal adviser in the National Congress for more than 20 years, before her appointment by Bolsonaro to the ministry of Human Rights.[19]

From 2013, during a lecture at a church in Mato Grosso do Sul, Damares has presented herself as a lawyer and master in education, constitutional law and family law, although she never received a master's degree and has a common law degree.[20] In the occasion, Damares was critisizing a delicate said Dutch custom of massage in sons.[21] She argues she was saying she was a Christian master (or "teacher," as in most of the versions), as in Ephesians 4:11 "And it is he who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers".[20]


Alves had been a legal adviser in the National Congress for more than 20 years prior to her appointment by Bolsonaro.[22]

As Current Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights of Brazil, she, at the United Nations 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March, 2019, affirmed that the combatting violence against women is a definite goal of the government, as well as the growth of girls.[23]

Conservative and religious activism[edit]

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."[24]

Alves has indicated that religious views should take greater prominence in national politics. In 2016 journalists reported that she had addressed worshippers in an Evangelical church telling them, "It is time for the church to tell the nation that we have come ... It is time for the church to govern."[1]

She also disclosed that she is a supporter of "traditional" gender roles within society and an opponent of what she regards as "ideological indoctrination", suggesting that girls should regarded as "princesses" who wear pink and boys as little "princes" who wear blue.[24] In a viral video, she claimed that Elsa from Disney's Frozen must be a lesbian because the princess ends up alone in a castle of ice.[25] Alves says that "women are made to be mothers." [26]

Personal life[edit]

She has an adoptive daughter[27] of Kamayurá indigenous origin, born in 1998 in Xingu Indigenous Park. Some journalists of Época Magazine in Brazil went to the tribe, who claim the child was kidnapped from them[28]; they say she was lured to Brasilia by Damares and an associate named Márcia Suzuki, who presented themselves as missionaries, under the pretense of taking her to the city for dental treatment [29]. Alves and her adopted daughter deny it, while Damares claims she saved her from malnutrition and possible infanticide.[30]


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "Damares faz ronda no Senado para aprovar projeto antissuicídio". O Antagonista (in Portuguese). 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  4. ^ Oliveira, Raquel. "Governo Federal anuncia Agenda Juventude 4.0 em todo o país". Mulher, da Família e dos Direitos Humanos (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  5. ^ Andrade, Eduardo Goulart de; Pavarin, Guilherme; Tisseo, Cassio (2019-01-23). "Antes de ser ministra, Damares tentou impedir aborto em paciente com câncer". Vice (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  6. ^ "Fadisc é descredenciada pelo MEC". www.saocarlosagora.com.br. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  7. ^ EPTV. "Futura ministra da Mulher, Família e Direitos Humanos morou em São Carlos". ACidade ON São Carlos (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  8. ^ "Portal SCDN". www.saocarlosdiaenoite.com.br. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  9. ^ Müller, Luiz (2018-12-22). "Antes mesmo de ser nomeada Ministra, Damares Alves é flagrada usufruindo de dinheiro público.Hipocrisia pouca é bobagem!". Luíz Müller Blog (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  10. ^ Tisseo, Cassio; Pavarin, Guilherme; Cesarotti, Fernando (2018-12-21). "Damares Alves: a pastora que dividiu a esquerda e irritou a direita antes de tomar posse". Vice (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  11. ^ a b c "O que defende Damares Alves, a futura ministra da Mulher". Terra (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  12. ^ "Pastora da Lagoinha, Damares Alves assumirá Ministério de Direitos Humanos, Família e Mulheres no próximo Governo Federal". Lagoinha (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  13. ^ "Quem somos". Movimento Nacional da Cidadania pela Vida - Brasil Sem Drogas (in Portuguese). 2016-01-19. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  14. ^ "Guilherme Schelb, cotado por Bolsonaro para a Educação, é defensor do Escola Sem Partido - Jornal O Globo". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  15. ^ Brazil, Federative Republic of (2015). Câmara dos Deputados. http://www.camara.gov.br/boletimadm/suplementos/2015/SP060315.pdf: Boletim Administrativo.
  16. ^ "Pessoal de Gabinete de Magno Malta em 2016 - Transparência". www6g.senado.leg.br. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  17. ^ "Bolsonaro convida Damares Alves para Direitos Humanos e desagrada bancada evangélica". GaúchaZH (in Portuguese). 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  18. ^ "Candidato à presidência da Câmara, João Campos elogia escolha de Damares". Terra (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  19. ^ "Brasil sem aborto. Prioridade a mulheres ribeirinhas e ciganos. O que pensa a nova ministra da Mulher". HuffPost Brasil (in Portuguese). 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  20. ^ a b "Sem diploma, Damares já se apresentou como mestre em educação e direito". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  21. ^ "VÍDEO: Veja a fala de Damares que irritou os holandeses". O Antagonista (in Portuguese). 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ "CSW63: ministra Damares Alves diz que alvo do Brasil é "erradicar violência doméstica"". ONU News (in Portuguese). 2019-03-12. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  24. ^ a b https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2019/01/boys-wear-blue-and-girls-wear-pink-says-human-rights-minister.shtml
  25. ^ "Ministra Damares diz que Elsa, de 'Frozen', é lésbica". Band Jornalismo on Youtube (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  26. ^ De 2019, 31 De Enero. "Brasil: acusan a una ministra de Jair Bolsonaro de haber raptado una niña indígena que cuida como su hija". Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  27. ^ 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
  28. ^ "A história de Lulu Kamayurá, a índia criada como filha pela ministra Damares Alves". Época (in Portuguese). 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  29. ^ De 2019, 31 De Enero. "Brasil: acusan a una ministra de Jair Bolsonaro de haber raptado una niña indígena que cuida como su hija". Infobae (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  30. ^ "Damares levou e adotou índia de forma irregular, diz tribo". Terra (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-05-04.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gustavo do Vale Rocha
Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights