Spotlight: Humphrey Fellow Mariana Machado on Equal Representation in Brazil

reprinted from Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the 
University of Minnesota:

 The CWGPP is pleased to welcome and feature 2018-19 International Fellow, Mariana Machado from Brazil. Mariana was inspired to apply to the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program after the 2016 controversial impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Roussef. Rouseff was Brazil's first woman President. Following her impeachment, her successor, President Michel Temer, proceeded to appoint an all-male and all-white cabinet - a sign that political observers broadly interpreted to be a concerted gender backlash. Mariana sought out the Humphrey School's international fellows program because of the gender policy focus provided by the Humphrey School.

Mariana describes herself as a dreamer who believes the hope of social change will guide us through the darkest times. She wants to take the knowledge she learns from the Humphrey Fellowship Program back to her home country, including changing the social and political landscape for women and promoting proportional intersectional gender representation in Brazil's public administration. She believes true democracy cannot be achieved without equal representation.

Mariana has a bachelor's in Law from the University of Brasília and a postgraduate degree in organizational management and innovation from the Brazilian National School of Public Administration- ENAP. She has worked in both the Executive and Judiciary Branches at the Department of Legislative Affairs of the Ministry of Justice and in the Federal District State Court as well as took part in the Amnesty Commission. Mariana's interest in social and political advocacy began in an early age when her aunt, a human rights activist, painted her face with the colors of the Brazilian flag and took her to a march with tens of thousands of people to protest in favor of the impeachment of then-president Fernando Collor.
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