Maria Bezerra

National Secretariat for Qualification and Promotion of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Brasil @

Aparecida Maria Borges Bezerra – Teté Bezerra – was born in the interior of São Paulo, but it was in the State of Mato Grosso, in the municipally of Rondonópolis, that she started her politic trajectory.

She was a student leader and party militant during the military dictatorship.

In 1983 she was municipal secretary of Social Assistance in Rondonópolis.

From 1987 to 1990, she was President of the State Foundation for Social Promotion – Prosol.

Both in the municipality of Rondonópolis and at the level of the State through Prosol, she developed a deep and innovative social work, valuing and encouraging the qualification of women to enter the labor market, as well as the construction and implementation of dozens of daycare centers to support the children and working women.

She supported and encouraged associationism and family farming through the encouragement and technical assistance of thousands of families in the countryside.

The production of handicrafts of several communities in the interior of the state of Mato Grosso received her encouragement and stimulation through the implantation of “Casas de Artesões” that commercialized the production.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

She was Federal Deputy for three terms, 1994 to 1998, 1998 to 2002, 2003 to 2006. During this period, she actively participated in the following Committees of the Chamber of Deputies as effective members:

  • Social Security, Health and Family Commission;
  • Amazon Commission;
  • Agriculture and Rural Policy Commission;
  • Consumer Rights Commission.

She was Delegate of Brazil in Beijing at the IV UN Conference in 1995.

She was President of the Ulysses Guimarães Foundation in Mato Grosso / MT from 2006 to 2013. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Fundação Ulysses Guimarães.

She was Elected State Representative in the state of Mato Grosso from 2010 to 2014. She participated in various commissions such as Land Tenure Regulation and she presided over the Human Rights Commission. She was removed from the mandate of State Representative to serve as State Secretariat for Tourism Development of the state of Mato Grosso from 2011 to 2013. As secretary she began an important work of tourist infrastructure in several municipalities of Mato Grosso, as well as supported and encouraged the professional qualification of hundreds of workers.

In 2014, she was a deputy governor in the state of Mato Grosso.

In 2015 she assumed the Department of Tourism Formalization and Qualification of the Ministry of Tourism.

Currently, she is the National Secretariat for Qualification and Promotion of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism.