28 September 2010
Last updated at 08:25
Eunice do Monte, 67, is a retired maid. She is part of a group campaigning to provoke candidates to talk about women's issues. "The view persists that maids, us poor black women, we don't know anything."
Actress Patricia Lima, 20, says the campaign targets those who have felt excluded from politics. "People living in the outskirts, where there is a lot of vote-buying, are cynical about politics."
Edclea Santos, 53: "We want a government that improves health, tackles violence against women, above all against black women."
Severina Tabosca, 66: "President Lula did what he did because he was poor and knows how we live."
Josiane Silva Santos, 54, teaches women to sew. "There's been a big improvement in education under Lula. It used to be difficult for someone from a poor home to go to university. But both my children have. There are two eras; before Lula and after Lula."
Irene Ramos Soares, 72 : "I hope the next president is as good as Lula."
Edneusa Santos, 23: "We wanted this campaign to show the unity of women." The idea is to carry on with such projects, she says, to provoke society and teach people to stand up for their rights.
Joana Santos: "Very few candidates are speaking about women's rights in this election." She says Brazil's political culture has meant to date very few women are in positions of power. To have two women presidential candidates is a breakthrough.
Evandra Dantas da Silva, 47, has four children. She has seen her standard of living improve in recent years. "I earn the minimum salary (510 reais, $300) but I've managed to buy a computer and a washing machine." Photos: Emma Lynch/BBC