Dilma Rousseff: Women, Politics and Democracy in Brazil

Doors will open at 4:30pm. Any seats that are not filled by 4:50 p.m. will be released only to Oxford affiliates with a valid BOD card, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dilma Rousseff was elected President of Brazil in 2010, becoming the first woman to hold the office. She was reelected in 2014. Previously, she served as Minister of Energy and then Presidential Chief of Staff to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010).

Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, she studied Economics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Later in her career, she received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the same university, along with many others.

The Rousseff government continued the labour and social programs from the previous administration and initiated policies to reorganize the Brazilian economy in the face of strong resistance.

In 2016, Dilma Rousseff was impeached by the National Congress for allegedly breaking a budgetary law and was removed from the presidency. Her political rights, including her right to be a candidate in future elections, were upheld by the Senate. Since then, she has been travelling witihin Brazil and to foreign countries to defend the legacy of the Worker’s Party thirteen years in government (2003-2016) and to talk about what she considers to be a “parliamentary Coup” conducted against her in 2016. Most recently, she has also been discussing the situation of former President Lula.

This is Dilma Rousseff’s first-ever visit to Oxford.

The event will be in Portuguese with simultaneous English translation.

Please do not bring suitcases or large backpacks.

Registration is required and open to Oxford affiliates only.