DEFENDER OF RIGHTS
To contribute with the construction of peace, the defense of human rights and the rights of nature have always been the priorities of María Fernanda Espinosa. Her commitment has been to work every day for gender equality, for the political participation of women, for the eradication of discrimination and violence against women and girls. She has also worked for the rights of people in human mobility, especially migrant and refugee women. The recognition and respect of the rights of the indigenous peoples and nationalities, is an imperative to build an inclusive, diverse and human world. She has worked for a life in harmony with nature, for the protection of the biodiversity and for the survival of the planet in peace.
PEOPLES AND INDIGENOUS NATIONALITIES
She is committed to promote policies that guarantee the full recognition of diversity and interculturality. Also understands that the construction of fair and just nations require an active participation of interculturality, with equal rights and opportunities. This is why she was a consultant to The World Conservation Union (IUCN) on policy issues of Indigenous Peoples and Conservation. In 2005, she was also Regional Director for South America of this organization.
María Fernanda is a passionate advocate for the rights of women and girls and gender equality. She has fought not only for the recognition of their human rights, but also for a greater participation in decision spaces in all areas. She recognizes the valuable contribution of women to the construction of peace, food sovereignty, and sustainable development as well as a complete life in harmony with nature. Considers that gender equality must remain a transverse axis of the United Nations and that it is necessary to take advantage of women's contributions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Throughout her professional and academic career, María Fernanda Espinosa has promoted initiatives for the protection of the natural and cultural diversity of nations. She has a Master's Degree in Social Sciences and Amazonian Studies and a PhD Candidate in Environmental Geography from Rutgers University, United States. She has been Regional Director for South America of the World Conservation Union and Senior Advisor on Biodiversity Policies and Indigenous Peoples for the World Conservation Union, IUCN. She participated at the COP21 on Climate Change in Paris during her tenure as president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.