Dilma Rousseff Inauguration Speech: Brazil’s First Female President Addresses Congress In Brasilia (FULL TEXT)

Brazil’s neediest citizens appear to have a champion in freshly inaugurated President Dilma Rousseff. And for those imprisoned in favelas by the shackles of economics, it may be a promising sign that Rousseff herself has traveled on a remark…

Brazil’s neediest citizens appear to have a champion in freshly inaugurated President Dilma Rousseff. And for those imprisoned in favelas by the shackles of economics, it may be a promising sign that Rousseff herself has traveled on a remarkable road to freedom — “from torture in a dictatorship-era jail cell to the helm of Latin America’s largest nation.”

The country’s first female president gave her first official speech to Brazil’s Congress on New Year’s Day, calling on her people to help her make “one of the most developed and least unequal nations in the world – a country with a solid and entrepreneurial middle class; a vibrant and modern democracy, full of social commitment, political liberty and creativity.”

UNESCO notes that, “Brazil has been historically marked by social, economic and cultural inequalities.” The CIA estimates that one in four Brazilians lived in poverty as of 2008, and a study that year by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics revealed that the richest 10% of the population earned 42.7% of the nation’s income, while the bottom 10% earned 1.2%.

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