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Chief Justice Dias Toffoli calls for engagement to reduce racial inequality

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Justice Dias Toffoli, said when he was honored at the 16th edition of the "Raça Negra" Trophy, that fifteen years after the adoption of the racial quota system - an affirmative action that reserves a number of public service vacancies and public university positions for black applicants -, it is important that civil society and private enterprise are engaged in the real approximation of equal opportunities between white and black people. "The indices of representation of blacks in companies are still low, especially in executive positions. Not to mention the wage disparity that unfortunately still exists", he said.

The solemnity took place on Monday night (19), in São Paulo, at the Zumbi dos Palmares College, which created the trophy. "I am also honored to be part of the history of this event, which, since 2000, has honored personalities that contribute to the social inclusion of black people and the affirmation of their culture, becoming a landmark in São Paulo city and in Brazil", affirmed the Chief Justice of the STF.

Justice Dias Toffoli paid homage to councillor Marielle Franco, who was murdered in March this year in Rio de Janeiro. "Her example of courage, dignity, resignation, detachment and determination demands of all of us union and engagement in the unceasing struggle for justice and equality", he concluded.

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