Beatriz Merino Lucero was the first (and so far only) female Prime Minister of Peru. Merino served as Prime Minister from 23 June 2003 to 12 December 2003. Merino currently serves as the national ombudsman for Peru, a position also known as the defender of the people. She is the third person to hold the position .
Beatriz Merino Lucero became the prime minister of Peru in 2003, the highest political rank ever held by a woman in the history of Peru. Merino held office between June 23, 2003 and December 12, 2003. Before serving as prime minister, she graduated from Harvard University with a masters degree in law, becoming the first Peruvian woman to graduate from Harvard Law School. She also obtained an LLM degree from the London School of Economics in 1974. Merino was director of the Womens Leadership Program at the Inter-American Development Bank to support and finance projects to enhance womens leadership in Latin America. She also worked as a lawyer at the law firm Estudio Merino and Reano, where she worked extensively in commercial, labor, corporate and environmental legislation.
Merino served Peru as a Senator from 1990 to 1992, and then served in Peru's Congress from 1995 to 2000. She was also the first Peruvian woman to serve on the Commission of Andean Jurists. At the University of Lima, she was the director of foreign cooperation and of the masters program on tax revenues and fiscal policies.
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