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Between 2003 and 2014, more than 9 million Brazilians participated actively in 98 national conferences covering 43 areas such as education, youth, health, cities, women, communication, LGBT rights and others.
Basic Policies and decisions for the country came to be formulated and implemented through broad dialogue with civil society. In addition to the conferences, various councils, ombudsmen, forums and other communication channels were created, extended or strengthened. Transparency entered the agenda.
This new relationship between state and society, built as of the election of Lula and deepened by Dilma, demonstrated that another way of ruling is possible. With popular participation, with greater democracy. It was listening to the voices of the people not just every four years in elections, but on a day-to-day basis, in time to make decisions and build a country for everyone.
"Getting the people involved makes it absolutely sure that we will do things that are more democratically correct, and the people will be happier because it contributes to the definition of public policies that will be implemented in Brazil."
"This dialogue has allowed us to build and implement social inclusion and policies that promote rights; it is a dialogue that allowed us to grow and to create opportunities for all, let us understand the priorities and what should be the main path to be taken by our country. As a result, undoubtedly we can build new times [in the country]."
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