SANTIAGO DE CHILE._ The intimate memoirs of presidents Michelle (the doctor), Cristina (the lawyer) and Dilma (the economist) have been made public in the book Presidentas ABC (ABC Women Presidents).
Journalists Lidia Baltra and Maura Brescia delved into the commendable lives of the presidents Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, of Argentina; Dilma Rousseff, of Brazil; and Michelle Bachelet, of Chile.
Stories about their careers, achievements and problems are recounted in this book, which also includes photos of the most important moments of their lives.
All three of them have been re-elected as presidents, Baltra stressed at the book launch. While in office, they have relentlessly worked on eradicating poverty and on moving away from the neoliberal model imposed by dictatorships in their respective countries in years past, she added.
Meanwhile, Brescia explained that these three presidents have traditionally followed a leftist stance.
Even though they have things in common such as the fact that all three of them were victims of oppressive military regimes, they are noticeably different in many ways, the author said.
Bachelet and Rousseff, who served as ministers before assuming the presidency, for example, were victims of arbitrary detentions and tortures by the dictatorships in their respective countries, she noted.
Michelle Bachelet had the chance of going into exile later on, while Dilma Rousseff became a member of a movement that opposed the dictatorial regime, Brescia said.
According to the writer, Fernández is undoubtedly the most political one as she previously also served as senator and assumed further political posts.
Similarly, the author praised Bachelet’s active role in the battle for gender equality, while rating the work done by the other two presidents in that regard as moderate.
The UN Women Watch representative in Chile, María Inés Salamanca, highlighted the importance of the election of these women as Head of State, but warned that much remains to be done with regard to gender equality.
In the meantime, parliamentary deputy Maya Fernández said that it is necessary to change culture and education to be able to reduce the existing gender gap.
These three women are all pioneers of governments with strong social commitments and intentions to put an end to inequality, said the Chilean Minister for the National Women’s Service, Claudia Pascual.
The book delves into the lives of these three women who are going to change the future of our society, she concluded.Share on FB Share on TT