Tuesday, November 18, 2008
5pm - 8pm
Beatriz Merino, the first female National Ombudsman of Peru and formerly the prime minister, is an expert in Latin American politics. San Francisco, CA.
As the first female Ombudsman in Latin America, Dr. Beatriz Merino has become an independent watchdog and the Defensora del Pueblo (People’s Defender). Since 2005 she has protected the rights of Perú’s citizens - promising to “dedicate (her) work to those who do not have a voice.” Dr. Merino is a tireless advocate for the Peruvian people, legally able and willing to challenge the president, the courts or the police to preserve their rights and freedoms.
In 2003, Dr. Merino was the first woman elected as Prime Minister of a Latin American country. In governing Perú in that capacity, she vowed to uphold “democracy based on consensus (and) harmony.” Recognized as a leader in women’s issues, Dr. Merino served in the Peruvian Senate from 1990 to 2002, as a Congresswoman from 1995 to 2000, presiding over the Women’s Committee of the Congress of the Republic of Perú, and has written two books addressing issues concerning women and the law in her country.
Dr. Merino, a member of I.M.O.W.'s Global Council, has graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard Law School. Before embarking on a public service career, she was a senior partner at Merino and Reaño Attorneys at Law and senior specialist at the World Bank.
Speaker Series Event Community Meet-upInterested in meeting others from the I.M.O.W. Community? Stop by the community meet-up table during the Beatriz Merino pre-event reception from 5-6pm to meet other community registrants in person. We look forward to meeting you!