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Record numbers of women to stand in Brazilian elections

2 Dec, 2011

Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, has pledged that there will be a record number of women standing in forthcoming elections in her home state.

Since her election a year ago, Rousseff has worked to carry out her promise to promote women's rights and to get more women into politics. As she said in her inaugural address, I would like fathers and mothers to look into their daughters' eyes today and tell them: Yes, women can!'

Rousseff's presidency has been doing better that many people expected; her approval rating is over 70%, and she seems to have made a real effort to tackle corruption. So far five government ministers have gone, as well as her own chief of staff, and more are expected to follow.

This has been achieved in the face of widespread doubts about Rousseff's ability to follow either effectively or independently in the forrsteps of her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who had been Brazil's most popular president. To date, she has proved her detractors largely wrong, and her drive to get more women to follow her into the political arena demonstrates her continued commitment to gender equality.