Chilean President Michelle Bachelet chaired the First Conference of Women Leaders from Chile and Peru on 17 - 18 November in Santiago, Chile. The event aimed to encourage women’s participation in the public sector, civil society and business and was organized by International IDEA and respective foreign ministries.
The meeting included presentations on gender policies in various areas, and gave the participants the opportunity to share their experiences and identify common challenges within these policies.
The Peruvian delegation was welcomed by Chilean President Bachelet; Senate President Isabel Allende; Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz; and Ximena Rincón, secretary general of the Office of the President. Chilean participants included the ministers of the National Women’s Service (Sernam), Claudia Pascual; Housing, Paulina Saball; Culture, Claudia Barattini; and Mining, Aurora Williams; as well as deputies Maya Fernández, Yasna Provoste and Marcela Sabat; Roberto Ibarra García, Chile’s ambassador to Peru; and representatives of the business sector and academia.
The Peruvian delegation was headed by Vice President and Congresswoman Marisol Espinoza, and included parliamentarians Lourdes Alcorta, Cecilia Chacón and Nathalie Condori; Ana María Mendieta, vice minister of women’s affairs; Fernando Rojas Samanez, Peruvian ambassador to Chile; Carmen Masías, former head of DEVIDA; Roxana Barrantes, director of the Institute of Peruvian Studies (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos); Natalia Majluf, director of the Lima Art Museum; businesswoman Inés Temple; and Pilar Tello, International IDEA Andean Region training coordinator.