Black people represent more than 57% of the Brazilian population, but occupy only 4.7% of leadership positions in the 500 largest companies in the country
The Global Compact of the United Nations Organization (UN) is holding the “Afro Presença” event, which aims to include young black university students in the labor market. The movement came about through a project promoted by Public Ministry of Labor and it counts on the support of the private sector to reduce racial inequalities in the economic field and, consequently, in the social, political and cultural fields. The event, which started on the 8th, runs until this Friday, the 10th, and has online panels, debates with large companies about the job market and also workshops with consulting tips. Afro Presença will also provide 5,000 job openings for black university students.
Brazil is the 8th most unequal country in the world. According to a survey by the Ethoss Institute, black people represent more than 57% of the Brazilian population, but occupy only 4.7% of leadership positions in the 500 largest companies in the country. For the director of institutional relations of Rede Brasil of the UN Global Compact, Helen Pedroso, actions like this help to reverse this scenario. “We want to bring these young people closer to these vacancies, access and build a brilliant career that can change the face of Brazil”, he says. She also remembers that the event also includes the participation of artists. “We will have an oludum closing our event. So, in addition to more academic activities and discussion of ethnic-racial issues, we also have important cultural attractions,” concludes Helen. To participate in the events and register to compete for a job opening, just go to the website afropresenca.com.br. Panels are completely online and free.
*With information from reporter Camila Yunes