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Making the difference through people

The new Bolivian Minister of Labour is Carmen Trujillo, a former ITC-ILO participant.

Witnessing the country’s efforts to achieve gender equality, the Bolivian President Evo Morales has commenced his second term in office with half of his government portfolios going to women.

During the recent inauguration ceremony, the President stated it was the first time in history that the Andean nation saw women forming half of the cabinet members.  The only similar precedent in Latin America was President Michelle Bachelet’s mandate in Chile, with her cabinet of 26 ministries equally distributed among men and women.

The new Bolivian Minister of Labour is Carmen Trujillo, a Turin Centre participant who contributed to the Tripartite Commissions workshop on behalf of the Bolivian Ministry of Labour, in August 2009. (“Tripartismo e Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Cono Sur y en América Central”, Taller de fortalecimiento de capacidades e intercambio de experiencias de las Comisiones Tripartitas para la Igualdad de Oportunidades y de Trato en el Cono Sur con la participación de delegaciones tripartitas de América Central, Asunción, Paraguay, 10-14 agosto 2009)

It should be noted that she is the first woman to be appointed in this position in the history of Bolivia.

Carmen started to work at a very early age and became a young Union leader, before joining the Ministry of Labour, where she was responsible for the creation of the Tripartite Commission for Equal Opportunities in Bolivia.  First among the Andean countries, the Commision was constituted in September 2009 by mutual commitment of all parties, with the objective of establishing a social dialogue among governments, workers and employers.

Carmen is highly committed with the promotion of gender equality and decent work.

Our sincere congratulations!

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Carmen Trujillo new Minister of Labor, take the oath during a ceremony to swear in the new cabinet of Bolivia's President Evo Morales at the government palace in La Paz, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010.  Carmen is the first on the right in the picture.

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