First black woman elected councilor in city of Guarapuava wants to work for the "the redemption of the dignity of black people"

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Nerci Aparecida Guiné

In her evaluation, her accomplishment is the result of 30 years of work dedicated to the Guarapuava community.

Nerci Aparecida Guiné is the first black woman to be elected councilor in the city of Guarapuava (in the southern state of Paraná). A representative of the PHS (Partido Humanista da Solidariedade or Humanist Party of Solidarity) received 1,640 votes and won seventh place in popular preference. In the chamber, her work will be focused on the redemption of black self-esteem of in the city and the expansion of services provided by the Casa da Cidadania (House of Citizenship), a social project in the existing neighborhood of Primavera.

In her evaluation, her recent accomplishment is the result of 30 years of dedicated work to the community. “Not only to the school community, the community as a family, church, and pastoral movements that I have participated in and (still) participate,” she said. In the Legislature, Nerci will occupy the chair that belongs to the councilwoman and vice mayor elect, Eva Schran.

While admiring the work of Eva, Nerci is keen to emphasize the differences. “My office will not be copied from Eva, because each has their personality, its own way of being. But in these four years I intend to work in earnest, because it’s time to do a lot.” Nerci’s permanence in the Legislature should not extend beyond one term.

“This is the characteristic of the party. We allow other people,” she explained. Even before taking office, the elected councilor has her priorities well delineated. A member of the Pastoral Afro of the Catholic Church, Nerci wants to develop public policies for redemption and affirmation of blacks in the city.

“The redemption of the dignity of black people, their place in society, working for the redemption of self-esteem, giving all the apparatus necessary,” she added. The expansion of services provided by the House of Citizenship is also part of her plan of action. Currently, the only operational unit is installed in the Primavera neighborhood.

“We want (this) not only in the neighborhood of Primavera, but also in other districts who have housing physical conditions. We can take advantage of the parishes, the structures that already exist,” he said. The unit offers training courses free of charge and is maintained by the Projeto Pelo Bem Comum (Project For the Common Good).

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