A joint Open Letter for more women at the Brazilian Competition Authority
With the end of the term of Paulo Burnier as a Commissioner at CADE's Tribunal on July 16, all deadlines and judgement sessions of the Court of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) were suspended. The Tribunal has now only three members, and sessions will only resume when new members are appointed in order to achieve the necessary quorum for decisions to be reached.
Because of this serious situation that threatens the country's competition law, Women in Antitrust, in conjunction with the Women Inside Trade network, an association that brings together women practitioners of international trade, signed an open letter urging the Brazilian authorities about the importance of female representation in the body, especially considering the large number of competent and renowned women in the area.
To the Honorable
President of the Republic Jair Bolsonaro,
Federal Senate President David Alcolumbre,
President of the Chamber of Deputies Rodrigo Maia,
Minister of Economy Paulo Guedes,
Minister of Justice and Public Security Sergio Moro,
We would like to respectfully request the consideration of women professionals of the economics and competition law fields to the Administrative Council for Economic Defense – CADE, in order to increase female representation.
The inclusion of women in leadership positions is an economic issue. Women's greater participation in the economy would increase world GDP by $ 28 trillion by 2025 according to the United Nations (UNFPA). The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in turn, warns that gender inequalities cause, on average, a 15% loss of countries' income. These are just two of many studies conducted by international organizations that come to the same conclusions.
The CADE, an agency of excellence of the Brazilian public administration, is known for its indications of technical and specialized staff in the areas of competition law and economics. The balance between lawyers and economists at the Council has helped maintain the fairness of decisions.
However, in spite of the fair concern about technical diversity, there is a high prevalence of gender inequality within the authority. In fact, despite the growing number of female experts in these fields in recent years, the CADE has only had one female President and 10 female advisers since its creation in 1962.
As associations of women working in international trade and competition law, we reinforce our concern about the proposition of technical indications for the Council and we are convinced that there are female professionals of extreme competence and merit to be considered in the next indications to this public body.
Created in 2017, the Women Inside Trade (WIT) and the Women in Antitrust (WIA) associations aim to strengthen the role of women in international trade and antitrust in Brazil and abroad, increasing representation and parity.
With over 500 professionals from different areas of trade and antitrust, WIT and WIA seek to encourage theoretical and technical exchanges, share professional experience, and to promote the high-level work performed by women, while also drawing attention to gender gap worldwide.
We thank you for your attention and we are at your disposal for further clarification.
WOMEN INSIDE TRADE and WOMEN IN ANTITRUST