Black women make their displeasure felt as they are barred from entering the the Brazilian National Congress building, during a march in the nation's capital to protest the violence and discrimination they suffer, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. The women where blocked from approaching the building since another group of anti-government demonstrators was already there. A scuffle broke out later between the women who are pro-government and the anti-government demonstrators who are urging the impeachment of embattled President Dilma Rousseff.

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"We know from several survey institutes that Black women are placed in an inferior category," protestor Tais Teles said.

Taylor Lewis
Nov, 20, 2015

Black Brazilian women want to make sure that their voices are heard.

On Wednesday, thousands of Black women marched through the nation's capital of Brasília, bringing awareness to the discrimination that they have faced for decades, reports the Associated Press.

"What is occurring today is not a demonstration in 2015, but a historic demonstration demanding equality in gender and race," protestor Tais Teles told Agencia Brasil. "We know from several survey institutes that Black women are placed in an inferior category."

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The more than 10,000 protestors were met with resistance from a separate group protesting the impeachment of the nation's president. An altercation broke out between the two groups, resulting in police pepper spraying both sides.

This was the first march of its kind, though Black women have experienced discrimination within the country for years. Studies show that Black Brazilian women face higher rates of illiteracy, earn less than White women and are disproportionately likely to die in childbirth and homicides. Earlier this month, hundreds of Black women participated in the country's first natural hair march.