Congress, the Public and the Fight Against Corruption in Brazil - a talk by Senator Lídice da Mata (PSB - Bahia)
Lídice da Mata was the first female mayor of Salvador, capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia – and the first capital of Brazil (between 1549 and 1763). In 2010 she also became the first female Senator for Bahia. Lidice is considered one of the most influential senators in Brazil.
Da Mata’s political career began at university, while she studied Economics in the University of Bahia (UFBA). She was the first female president of the student union, in the 80s. The work at the student union helped her to get elected for the city council in 1982. Later, in 1986, she became an MP for Bahia and took part in the National Constituent Assembly, which was responsible for writing Brazil’s post-dictatorship constitution. In 1992 Lidice was elected mayor. Her administration was focused on social issues, especially in policies for women.
After leaving the mayor’s office, Lidice was re-elected as an MP – being the most voted candidate in her constituency (her state is entitled to 39 seats in the House). She went back to the National Congress in 2006, once again as the most-voted candidate. Her popularity led her to the Senate in 2011, after being elected with over three million votes. The Senator has a key role on the Political Reform Committee, which is currently working to make changes on the electoral process in Brazil.
This event is free to attend and no registration is required. Audience members will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.