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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.
In 2017, Ms. Cuevas served as researcher at the Center of Experiences and Service at the Business School of Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (CES UAI), and guest teacher at the Corporate Development Center of the same university. She also was deputy chair of the board of RedMad, Mujeres en Alta Dirección, a nonprofit corporation that aims to add value to public and private organizations by incorporating female talent in senior management.
Ms. Cuevas has more than 20 years’ experience in executive positions in financial service companies (banks, pension fund administrator and affiliates). She has served in the departments of quality and customer experience, management models, product development, risk, financial consultancy, commercial network management, management control, and price intelligence. She was a reviewer of the Chilean Model of Excellence.
Ms. Cuevas formed part of the team that programmed the government agenda of President Piñera 2018-2022, as member of the Women’s Committee.