Brazil Boosts Female Officers to Leadership Positions Within the Military
By Dialogo April 08, 2013
Women now comprise more than six percent of the about 350,000 Brazilians in the military - and while that’s a higher ratio than ever before, it’s not enough, says Defense Minister Celso Amorim.
“We have seen growth in female participation in the Armed Forces, but the percentage is still small [compared to] the importance women have in other sectors of society,” Amorim recently told reporters. “But that number is going to grow in the coming years.”
Brazil reached a milestone late last year, when the country’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, congratulated Dalva Maria Carvalho Mendes on becoming the first woman in the history of the Brazil’s Armed Forces to become an officer general.
Dalva’s nomination in November is a sign that Brazil’s military will not only attract more women — there are now 22,208 in uniform — but promote them to higher and more visible positions, Amorim said. “The change is not just in numbers, but also in quality, intensity and hierarchy.”
Dalva said that while women are different, “we shouldn’t feel ashamed of being different. It is not better or worse. What’s important is that we have become leaders.”
Dalva’s rise takes place against the backdrop of significant changes to military recruiting in Brazil, and Rousseff’s unwavering insistence that women occupy leadership positions in the Army, Navy and Air Force.
“For the first time, a woman rises to officer general, demonstrating that, also in the Armed Forces, patriotism and professionalism are independent of gender distinctions,” said the president. This will be increasingly evident as new regulations encourage women to consider careers in the military, she said.
“Rear Adm. Dalva Maria de Carvalho Mendes is an example of the success that millions of Brazilian women have achieved in the quest for a fuller life and of a more just society with more opportunities for all,” she said.
Amorim has led by example by bringing into his cabinet three female officers from each of the three branches of the Brazilian military in advisory and leadership roles: Navy Corvette Capt. Ana Paula Alves de Souza, Army Lt. Sofia Meirose Salles and Air Force Lt. Tatiana Willig.
Dalva said her own promotion was like renewing her vows to the Navy and her country, telling reporters: “We women know we are here to unite, never to divide.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS WOMAN REAR ADMIRAL OF THE BRAZILIAN ARMY, AS WELL AS TO MS. PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC. IT HAD TO BE THAT WOMEN MANAGED THE WORLD, IT WAS TOO MUCH FOR US MEN. EXCELLENT RECOGNITION OF BRAZILIAN WOMEN... CONGRATULATIONS... THIS IS JUST ONE MORE PROOF THAT MEN AND WOMEN TOGETHER CAN BUILD A GREAT COUNTRY... WE ARE LATIN-AMERICANS... LONG LIVE PRESIDENT DILMA AND ALL THE WOMEN IN BRAZIL AND IN THE WORLD... EXCELLENT AND CONGRATULATIONS... CONGRATULATIONS I LOVE YOU, KISSES A human person is his or her brain, for that reason men and women are thinking beings that can use their mental abilities for themselves or for their nation. I cheer the most intelligent minds in Brazilâ€™s Armed Forces. A human person is his or her brain, for that reason men and women are thinking beings that can use their mental abilities for themselves or for their nation. I cheer the most intelligent minds in Brazilâ€™s Armed Forces. Congratulations from Ecuador...THERE REALLY ARE WOMEN WHO DESERVE IT BY THEIR OWN MERITS...KEEP GOING FORWARD... Achievements are things of people with vision and perseverance, but are not of men or women.
Therefore, it is to be said that we congratulate these advances in the middle of a chauvinistic and selfish world, as is the Latin American one. It is also not surprising that these qualities are found among Portuguese women, since I am aware of how tenacious, hard-working and faithful these ladies are are....CONGRATULATIONS ....TO ALL THE PORTUGUESE WOMEN...AND IF THE MEN WANT TO DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO BEING VULTURES, THEN LET WOMEN RULE... congratulations to all women. congratulations to all women. WELL, WITHIN ALL THE FIELDS OF THE COUNTRY, WE WOMEN HAVE DEMONSTRATED MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY. ALL COUNTRIES SHOULD IMITATE THE GOOD THINGS FROM ALL CONTINENTS. WELL, IN ALL FIELDS WITHIN A COUNTRY, WE WOMEN HAVE DEMONSTRATED MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY. ALL COUNTRIES SHOULD IMITATE THE GOOD THINGS OF ALL CONTINENTS. Thank you for the salute to our women!
They certainly know what they want and where they want to get, as a result of study, work, dedication and most especially, love for Brazil. EXCELLENT TRIBUTE TO BRAZILIAN WOMEN... CONGRATULATIONS... THIS IS JUST ANOTHER PROOF THAT, MEN AND WOMEN TOGETHER, WE CAN BUILD A GREAT COUNTRY... WE ARE LATIN-AMERICANS... LONG LIVE PRESIDENT DILMA AND ALL WOMEN IN BRASIL AND IN THE WORLD... EXCELLENT AND CONGRATULATIONS..., CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS WOMAN REAR-ADMIRAL OF THE BRAZILIAN ARMY, AND SAME TO MS. PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC. IT HAD TO BE THIS WAY, WOMEN IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD, SINCE IT WAS TOO MUCH FOR US MEN. fools Good morning,
Iâ€™m ashamed with the â€œPeTralhasâ€ (PT political party composed of bandits), all that is left for me is to believe that is just another strategy of our president to gather womenâ€™s votes before her great fall; but I believe that now our people awakened, and it will be difficult for both women and men to believe again in the â€œPeTralhasâ€ and their colligations. Congratulations to all the women, especially in my Brazil. Certainly they are the queens of the world. The best companies have women leading them. Congratulations to all... however I would like to leave my comments. The best one in the world is a woman, you see... Men like women. There are women who like women and men wanting to be women...Long live women.