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The Profile of the Woman Elected President in Brazil

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Roussef nominated to stand for her party.

Give women room to exercise what they know, the world will change, wars will reduce and there will be full development.

Women are making history here and there in the world. Despite this, some countries are still strongly hindering women to accede the post of presidency. This is not a policy that can move to sustainable development. For a country to develop, there must be development in every sector and so, no person must be left behind. It is in this vein that Brazilians have trusted Ms Dilma Rousseff, 62, and elected her to rule them for 4 years and lead the country toard great objectives.

This courageous woman has just been elected President of Brazil. She is now the country's first female president in its history. This politician Lady belongs to the ruling Workers' Party;. In fact, she has just been elected president of a large country inhabited by almost 200 million people and a rising global power. She is a career diplomat, and was chief of staff to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the president she has replaced. Know that before that she held the post of energy minister in Brazil. Actually, during the election campaign, Lula gave her his full support and she strongly promised to carry on with his policies.

The people who know Dilma Rousseff believe she is a tough cookie. In addition to this, she is a determined and pragmatic woman who likes to get things done as they have to. Accordingly, she has been nicknamed the Brazilian iron lady of the century. She is said to be astute, with a strategic and logical mind. Rousseff’s father was an immigrant from Bulgaria, and her mother a school teacher. While a student in the 1960s, she joined the left-wing armed resistance against the military dictatorship. Although she says she was never involved in violence herself, she was seen as a key figure within the movement. Indeed, she was behind the bars for a period of three years; during this period she was tortured and looked down. It is only in 1973 that she was released and she resumed her studies in economics, and finally she joined the civil service.

Now she is the new President of Brazil. She originates from Bulgaria and she is the 4th woman to become head of state in South America. After she had won the runoff of the Brazilian presidential elections, Dilma Rousseff joined the ranks of other women presidents of South American countries. Those women are Isabel Peron of Argentina, who was the world's first woman president, and who took office in 1974; Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile, who took office in 2006; and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The latter is still acting president of Argentina today while she took office in 2007.

Presently, Dilma Rousseff is the 57th woman in the world to become the president or prime minister of a sovereign nation. Just after her nomination in September to stand on behalf her Party, she said that her nomination depicts the growing turning back to gender based discrimination. She stated that she is committed to continue with greater power and persistence the struggle against this detrimental phenomenon that should have no place in Brazil, and everywhere in the world.

Women should be encouraged to involve in country management. We hope that they can still change, develop and reduce wars and descrimination in this crazy world. I believe they are good workers if they are given enough room to exercise their capabilities. The African countries, except Liberia, should give room to women to rule as presidents instead of telling the world that there is democracy whereas some people, like women are still objectized. Good luck in Presidency, dear Roussef.



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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on November 04, 2010 at 01:25 am

Cher, of course I feel it is right to encourage women. They are wonderful creatures if we consider what good things they do to the world. The people who hinder women's development are not wise at all, isn't it, Cher? Women know a lot of things they can teach the world if they are allowed to do so. The list of the women you wrote is long of course; and they deserve to be encouraged as they trace the way for other women. In Africa, Shirliff of Liberia is the woman to support. Thanks, Cher, for your comment.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on November 04, 2010 at 08:27 am

Dear Readers, sorry I spelt wrongly the name of the president of Liberia; she is Ellen Johnson SIRLEAF and not Shirliff. I am sorry for the mistake, the error is mine. Thank you all.

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