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Women talk about Public Safety. An article by João Trajano Sento-sé

João Trajano Sento-Sé

He is a political scientist, coordinator of the Violence Analysis laboratory – UERJ and associate researcher at ISER.

The First National Public Security Conference had at least one indisputable virtue: it triggered a vast mobilization, throughout Brazil, to discuss the parameters of a national policy for the sector.

Among the initiatives launched, one of them, Women: Dialogues on Public Security, ran in seven large Brazilian cities bringing together women with varied profiles to discuss the problems and perspectives of public security in Brazil. The initiative, led by the Special Secretariat for Policies for Women and the advertising company Rebouças e Associados, stands out for its originality and boldness. It is, at the very least, risky to bring together ordinary people to deal with such a controversial and thorny topic. As expected, a variety of ideas and interventions emerged at these meetings. Few of them, perhaps none, can be considered unprecedented. It doesn't matter. What was valuable in this experience was the opening of conversation channels, spaces for dialogue and shared reflection.

The meetings were attended by experts in the field of public security who, based on what they witnessed, wrote analyzes about the interventions that took place in each of the cities. This work resulted in the book Public Security. Other perspectives, New Possibilities, distributed by SPM at the CONSEG Knowledge Fair.

Creating this analytical material was a challenge for researchers. The method of conducting the meetings was quite different from conventional ways of conducting research, and the participation of each of them in the dynamics was quite limited. Even so, the few interventions aimed at defending tough policies and the emphasis on approaching peaceful and preventive solutions to the problem of violence drew attention. By listening to non-specialized positions, we were able to extract a little of what this segment of the Brazilian population, women, wants from public security authorities in Brazil: pacification, with initiatives that aim not only at capturing and punishing violators of the law, but justice and peace for the citizens. Soon, analytical material on women's meetings will be available on the website of the Special Secretariat for Policies for Women.