Brazilian soccer team Cruzeiro Esporte Clube is taking a stand on International Women’s Day and doing its part to spread awareness of the challenges and horrors women face in the country every day. On Wednesday night, the team will wear special jerseys, each of which use the player’s number to shine a light on a statistic that needs to be recognized.
“A woman killed every 2 hours”
“Salaries 30% lower”
They’re using these tonight in the game against Murici-AL pic.twitter.com/mQQaWW6G2I
— Jack Lang (@jacklang) March 8, 2017
The messages, written in Portuguese, will be prominently displayed during the match. Here’s a small sample of what they say:
No.11 = A rape every 11 minutes.
No.2 = A woman killed every 2 hours.
No.30 = Salaries 30% lower.
No.3 = Working almost 3 times more around the house.
No.7 = 7 out of 10 unemployed are women.
No.8 = 8 out of every 10 women suffered harassment.
The club led the charge Wednesday morning on Twitter as it began to share stories of important women in the club and revealed the uniforms.
— Cruzeiro E. Clube (@Cruzeiro) March 8, 2017
The tweet simple reads: “March 8: Women don’t want congratulations. They want respect.”