Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti on Monday affirmed that Elvia Barrios' assumption of duties as head of the Judicial Branch
constitutes a historic event for the country and a good start of the Bicentennial year.
The Head of State emphasized that only male judges have held such position since 1825, when Manuel Lorenzo de Vidaurre was appointed as the first Chairman of the Supreme Court.
"Today, for the first time, the presidency is held by a woman, the first chairwoman
," the President expressed.
"With this hopeful news, the country has started to see a change and a trend in gender justice is being consolidated. This is an excellent way to kick off the bicentennial year of Peru's independence," he added.
Additionally, he noted that, following the election of Barrios as head of the Judiciary, women have the majority in the Council of State
for the first time.
Other female members include Congress Chairwoman Mirtha Vasquez, Constitutional Court Chairwoman Marianella Ledesma, Attorney General Zoraida Avalos, and Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez.
"That is extremely significant," President Sagasti underlined.
The Peruvian leader underscored that Barrios has extensive experience in the defense of human rights, the fight against corruption, and the defense of democratic value, adding that she has always been identified with the far-from-easy task of bringing justice closest to citizens.