Transcript of Dilma Rousseff’s opening speech at the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations, 09/21/2011

“For the first time in history, a female voice opens the general debate,” said DILMA ROUSSEFF, President of Brazil, stressing that it was the voice of democracy and equality reverberating from the most representative podium in the world. It was with personal humility, but justified pride as a woman that she met this historic moment. “I am certain this will be the century of women,” she said, noting that in Portuguese, words such as life, soul and hope, as well as courage and sincerity, were feminine nouns.

Read the transcript of President Rousseff’s speech (English)

Read the transcript of President Rousseff’s speech (Portuguese)

Read the United Nations summary of her speech here

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