Her Excellency Gabriela Rivadeneira Burbano is President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Ecuador, being the first woman occupying this role and the youngest person in Latin America chairing a parliament.
During her career, she has been Council and Deputy Mayor in Otavalo City, as well as Lieutenant Governor in Imbabura province. Inside the political movement Alianza País, she has been Youth National Coordinator and member of the National Bureau of the party.
In 2013 for the legislative elections, she led the candidate list for the National Assembly by the official line as part of a generation change boosted by the governing party and the President Rafael Correa.
During this election, she was the most voted-for candidate, not only in the electoral process but also in Ecuador’s history. Nowadays she is member of the government political bureau of the President of the Republic.
Since she assumed the presidency of the parliament in 2013 there has been more than 50 approved laws that have mainly benefited vulnerable women and youth and established fundamental rights of Ecuadorian people.
Since the constitution of 2008, there has been a large increase the participation of women in politics. In the National Assembly the percentage of women has grown from 32% to 42%, with Ecuador being one of the countries with the highest percentages of parliamentary participation in Latin America, after Cuba and Bolivia.