Her Excellency Edith Mendoza Fernández was elected in July of 2016, after serving a number of high-level roles in the Andean Government. A lawyer by profession, Ms. Fernández studied Juridical Science at the “Mayor de San Simón” University and holds three Degrees and a Master’s Degree.
Her experience in public service began in the Ministry of Labour Employment and Social Welfare, where she became known for her social commitment to the working class and earnest support for vulnerable workers.
Having a keen sense of social justice, her extensive work carried out in the Ombudsman’s Office for Children and Adolescents of Cochabamba, in the Ombudsman’s Office as a Defence Brigade in the Diffusion and Promotion of Human Rights, among others, is widely recognised.
In 2014 Ms. Fernández was elected as Representative of Bolivia to Supra-State Parliamentary Organisations by the Department of Cochabamba for the MAS – IPSP. In January of 2015 assumed her role as Representative of Bolivia before the Supranational Parliamentary Organisations, and was delegated to the Andean Parliament, where she became part of the Second Commission of Education, Culture, Science, Information Technologies and Communication, as well as the Special Commission on Women and Gender Equity.
In addition, she also holds the position of Co-Chair of the Bolivian Inter-parliamentary Group before the Inter-Parliamentary Union. In July 2016 she was elected President of the Andean Parliament for the period 2016 – 2017.