OECD Global Forum & Public Governance Ministerial Meeting:  Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy

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Camila Vallejo

Chile

Minister

Description

Camila Vallejo has a degree in geography from the Universidad de Chile. In 2021, she began studying for her master’s degree in government, public policies and territories at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, which she had to put on hold to take on the role of government spokesperson. Her political career began in the Communist Youth of Chile in 2006, the year in which she started the university. In 2010, she was elected President of the FECH (Student Federation of the Universidad de Chile) and in 2011 she took on the role of vice president. During those years, she led the student demands, mainly for free higher education, together with the current President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, Minister Giorgio Jackson, and Deputy Karol Cariola. In 2013, pregnant with her only daughter, she was elected deputy for District 26, La Florida, a municipality where she was born and raised, for the 2014-2019 period. In 2017, she was re-elected for the position in the new District 12 which included the municipalities of La Florida, La Pintana, Puente Alta and San José de Maipo. Part of her job in Congress was to promote educational initiatives such as free higher education, comprehensive sexual education and emotional education. She also promoted initiatives that aimed at ending gender violence, like the Gabriela Law, the Dating Violence Law and No consent is rape. The spokesperson is very concerned for working families; one of her iconic projects as deputy was the one that reduces the workweek to 40 hours. This project is currently being looked at in the Senate and was adopted as a campaign promise by Apruebo Dignidad. In August 2021, the current minister announced her decision to not run for a third term in the Chamber of Deputies and joined the campaign for the then-presidential candidate of Pacto Apruebo Dignidad, Gabriel Boric. Later, on January 21, 2022, she was named Minister Secretary General of the Government.

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