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Fernanda San Martín Carrasco

2019 Fellow

Member of Parliament, Bolivia

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Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Fernanda has been a Member of Parliament since 2015. She explained that she felt compelled to run because “the women of [her] generation have a responsibility of being active and fighting for gender equality in order to achieve an egalitarian society.”

In her role as a Member of Parliament, Fernanda chaired the Gender Rights Committee Parliament for two years. As a feminist and human rights activist, she has proposed many pieces of legislation regarding women’s rights, including a bill that mandates that at least one member of the Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket must be a woman. Fernanda has spoken out against the political violence and harassment of women that she has experienced. She pushed for legislation against hate crimes against the LGBT community, as well as legislation for sexual and reproductive rights.

Fernanda graduated from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain and Université Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne in France. She obtained a Master’s in Management and Public Policies and a degree in alternative dispute resolution and arbitration from Universidad Católica Boliviana.

She was selected as a Fellow for the 2019-2020 VV Engage Cohort.