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During a short trip to New York former Brazilian congresswoman Maria Elvira granted an exclusive interview with
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by Joao Vianna

New York, December 30 2010. in partnership with the Brasilians, the oldest Brazilan/English language newspapers in the United States interviewed tthe to ex-congresswoan and present president of the PMBD Woman in Brazil,  Maria Elvira in an iconic New York Hotel, the Intercontinental.

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In this short, yet in depth visit on a snowy Manhattan day, film director  Ivy Goulart  had an informal and pleasant talk with Maria Elvira about her  intriguing  political history,  sharing  with her interesting episodes from her political career and experience in the inner workings of the  State and Federal Government of Brazil. 

Maria Elvira also recounted  segments of her  career as an educator and talked about her personal hobbies.

Maria Elvira Salles Ferreira, daughter of Newton Paiva Ferreira and educator Maria Antonieta de Salles Ferreira, from Minas Gerais was born in Belo Horizonte.


Teaching in Education and Human Sciences - area of Arts and Communications - with a postgraduate degree in corporate communications and government.. She began his business career in his family organization, established almost 70 years and was director of the Colegio Anchieta for 12 years, and with his brothers founded the Instituto Cultural Newton Paiva Ferreira – the organization runs the Centro Universitário Newton Paiva Ferreira, Belo Horizonte with fifteen thousand students and more than 30 years of existence.

Presides at Newton Paiva Foundation for Cultural and Social Development,  was its founder and creator. The Foundation aims to encourage the democratization of the artistic-cultural environment , contributing to the development of Minas Gerais,

Director Emeritus of the Commercial Association of Mines, which she joined in 1985 was the first woman in the organization.  Currently chairing the Business Council of Tourism ACMinas, where she was elected member of she Tourism Council of the State of Minas Gerais and the State Tourism Forum.

In 2001, she became president emeritus of the PMDB Women of Minas Gerais, was elected vice president of the National Women PMDB, is a member of the National Directory and president of the PMDB directory municipal de Belo Horizonte.

Author of the Law 9797 of 06/05/1999, which requires the SUS - Unified health System for the use of plastic surgery reconstructive breast cancer and mutilated by the law that created the Education Award Darcy Ribeiro in Congress.

Chapter and International Relations of Brazil Women's Forum of Mercosur, having held until July 2005 the Presidency of international organization, founded by her and a group of women in 1995, Argentina. held in Rio de Janeiro in July 2004, the X-Meeting International Women's Forum of Mercosur, with great repercussion in the Mercosur.. The organization aims to promote integration across sectors and socio / economic, educational, cultural ties between member countries. Projects and proposals are carried through the Mercosur group REM - Women's Specialized Meeting of MERCOSUR, of which the organization is  anadvisor (international)

On August 27, 2003, Maria Elvira was sworn in Brasilia, by the President of the Republic as a member of the National Council of Women's Rights, and participated in the first group of Collegiate CNDM, started by President Sarney, 22 years ago .

Maria Elvira Mines develops the project "Santa's Village" which exposes his private collection collected over 25 years, she sheld for over six years dreaming of presenting his collection to the people of Minas Gerais through exhibitions at Christmas time, thousands of people gracing the beautiful show titled "The Village of Santa Claus" held always in partnership with Centro Universitário Newton Paiva, where they collect tons of food to distribute to needy families and institutions of the state of Minas Gerais.


. * Awarded with the titles of honorary citizenship in more than 60 municipalities in Minas Gerais, for services provided to communities, received dozens of badges, medals, commendations and honors that are exposed in his office in Newton Paiva Foundation and in his private office.

Convened by her party which she has been  affiliated for 20 years. was a candidate for Mayor of Belo Horizonte and vice governor of Minas Gerais, is enthusiastic about the causes mining, never refused to participate in the political and ethical discussion of his State of Minas Gerais.

The video of she exclusive interview can be seen on the website ( ) or the channel on YouTube ( / vejatvbroadcast )

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Author: Joao Vianna
Website designer, programmer and database administrator, Web TV Producer, writer and commentator
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