Dr. Vanda Pignato, the First Lady El Salvador, recently spoke with the US Agency for International Development's Impact Blog about development issues in El Salvador. Her husband President Funes named her the Minister of Social InclusionEarly on his administration.
In the interview, Pignato speaks mostly about her support for women through programs like Ciudad Mujer and the disproportionate impact of crime and violence on women. Here's what she said about Ciudad Mujer:
Ciudad Mujer is a program that has raised awareness of the invisibility women have had when it comes to accessing state services, and has begun to change the model of government by integrating services and having a gender based approach. But what is most important is that Ciudad Mujer is changing the lives of thousands of women and they have begun to recognize themselves as right holders.