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Women's participation in institutional powers is the theme of a meeting between Ellen Gracie and Michelle Bachelet

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Earlier this evening, the incumbent President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Justice Ellen Gracie, received the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, and her entourage in audience that took place in the Hall of the STF.
Ellen Gracie welcomed Bachelet, stressing the importance of women's participation in institutional powers in Latin America. "We actively participate in the governments of our countries, we need to work together on solutions for Brazil and Chile," Gracie said.

According to her, "the STF is in tune with Latin American integration and the members of the Cortes must also be sensitized with this." Ellen Gracie recalled the 3rd Meeting of Supreme Courts of Mercosur held in the Supreme Court in November of last year. In the evaluation of the justice Elle Gracie, forum added essential knowledge to the participating countries.

Ellen Gracie also highlighted the important judicial reform under way in Brazil, citing the National Justice Council in operation for nine months. She added that the board's direction rests with the STF, so "we are very involved and committed to this work".

"We hope that the whole continent will achieve democracy," Bachelet said, highlighting Chile's and Brazil's primary role in Haiti's redemocratization. Bachelet said that Chile supported Lula in Mercosur and now reiterates support for the country's claim in the UN Security Council. "United, we can move forward on issues as difficult as the integration process," said the president of Chile, noting that her country intends to work to become a more egalitarian, humane and just nation.

Justice of the Supreme were also present at the meeting. According to Justice Sepúlveda Pertence, Chile has a special meaning because it welcomed Brazilian exiles, many of them their personal friends. "We all hope that this wave of democratization will consolidate, so it is important that we remember important moments from two countries," said Pertence.

"We need to maintain the exchange and the exchange of ideas for the consolidation of democracy," said Justice Marco Aurélio. "We are united with the consolidation of the democratic process in our countries," added Justice Gilmar Mendes. According to him, the period from 1988 until today is the longest normality in the democracy of the Brazilian Republic.

Justice Carlos Ayres Britto stressed that the Federal Constitution of 1988 contains a mechanism that imposes the search for an integration of all of Latin America. "This is a remarkable legal prediction of regional integration. It is more than our desire, it is a legal imperative that is part of our Constitution, "he said. According to Justice Joaquim Barbosa, the presence of Michelle Bachelet at the head of the Chilean state is "emblematic, extremely positive." Justice Ricardo Lewandowski emphasized "the role of the judge in regional integration."

Also present at the hearing, the Attorney General of the Republic, Antonio Fernando Souza, stressed that the presence of Michelle Bachelet in Brazil "is a mark for the ever friendly relations between the two countries."

"I wish for success, which will be the result of your work, your competence and your team," said Justice Ellen at the end of the hearing. The president of the Brazilian Supreme Court stressed that Brazil wants to learn "with the Chilean colleagues". "We saw in its image the redemocratization of the continent," concluded Justice Ellen Gracie.

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