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Brazil Adjusts Work Hours for Women’s World Cup

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In a move aimed at promoting gender equality in sports, Brazil has announced that civil servants will have the opportunity to adjust their work schedules to watch the national team play in the upcoming women’s World Cup. This concession, previously only granted for the men’s top-flight football tournament, reflects Brazil’s commitment to supporting women’s sports and providing equal opportunities for their employees.

Starting Thursday in Australia and New Zealand, the tournament will captivate football fans worldwide. To ensure civil servants can enjoy the matches, the Brazilian government has allowed them to start their work days later. This measure aims to provide the same rights and privileges enjoyed by employees during the men’s World Cup, as stated by Esther Dweck, the minister for management and innovation.

According to the ministry’s statement, on days when the Brazilian team competes, civil servants can report for work up to two hours after the end of the matches. This flexibility allows them to cheer on their favorite team without missing out on work responsibilities. Brazil’s first match of the tournament is scheduled for Monday against Panama in Brisbane.

However, the ministry emphasizes that employees who begin work later due to the games will be required to make up the missed hours later in the year. This ensures that productivity and work commitments are maintained despite the temporary schedule adjustments.

The anticipated absence of many employees on Monday morning due to the tournament has led Brazil’s central bank to postpone the release of economic output and inflation figures by one day. This decision recognizes the significance of the women’s World Cup and its impact on the nation’s attention and engagement.

While changes in work hours during the men’s World Cup have become a common occurrence across public and private sectors, this marks the first time the Brazilian central government has implemented such a modification for civil servants to enjoy the women’s World Cup. The decision reflects the growing recognition and support for women’s football in the country.

Beyond the government sector, some companies have also taken a similar approach. Pharmacy chain Pague Menos and industrial baked goods company Bimbo are among those that have allowed their employees flexibility to watch the matches.

As the women’s World Cup commences, the excitement and anticipation among football enthusiasts are palpable. Brazil’s commitment to gender equality in sports and the recognition of the women’s tournament as a significant sporting event send a positive message about the value of women’s football and the importance of providing equal opportunities for all athletes.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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