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Ministry of Women and Gender Equity
This ministry’s mission is to create policies, plans and programs that benefit women and work toward eliminating all types of gender discrimination, making Chile a more equitable country. This institution has taken over from the National Women’s Service (Sernam), which was set up through Law No. 19.023, published on January 3, 1991, to promote equality of opportunity for men and women.
Ms. Zalaquett is a former member of Congress, entrepreneur and radio and TV personality. She studied Journalism in Bolivia and Chile and holds a Diploma in Political Campaign Management from American University.
In December 2009, she was elected to Congress as a member of the Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) party to represent the districts of Maipú, Estación Central and Cerrillos from 2010 to 2014. As a legislator, she participated actively on the following standing committees: Tourism, Foreign Affairs, Economics, Inter-Branch Matters, Latin American Integration, Family and Senior Citizens. She chaired the Tourism Standing Committee from 2012 to 2013 and the Economics Standing Committee from 2013 to 2014.
Ms. Zalaquett has dedicated a great deal of effort to social issues, serving on the board of nonprofit Fundación Palestina Belén 2000 and the Metropolitan Region Tourism Committee. Ms. Zalaquett is an active member of the Unión Demócrata Independiente party and served as the party’s Deputy Chair for the period 2010-2011.
She is married and has four children.
María José Abud
Economista de la Universidad de Chile, posee un Master en Administración Pública de la Universidad de Columbia.
Desde marzo del 2018 fue Jefa de la División de Estudios del Ministerio de la Mujer y la Equidad de Género y, anteriormente, se desempeñó en el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo en Nueva York.