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Wrong Vanda Pignato?

Dr. Vanda Guiomar Pignato

Architect of Ciudad Mujer

Center for Democracy

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Center for Democracy

P.O. Box 53106

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 20009

United States

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The Center for Democracy in the Americas is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan educational organization. Your donation will help underwrite our work to open Cuba to travel, to restore a civil dialogue with Venezuela, and to reform U.S. foreign policy ... more

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Employment History

Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies

Brazilian Embassy



Cultural Attaché and the Representative

Workers Party

Cooperation and Academic Solidarity for World Service


Social Inclusion

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Pignato is the architect of ... [cached]

Pignato is the architect of "Ciudad Mujer" multiservice centers for women and has worked tirelessly for the defense of women. She also campaigned actively for the FMLN in the final weeks before February 2nd.

Vanda Pignato accepted the ban on campaigning, but continued to be outspoken and visible in the final weeks at events targeting human trafficking and in support of the rights of women. President Funes and FMLN presidential candidate Sánchez Cerén attended a large rally on March 2nd organized by Pignato, ISDEMU (Salvadoran Women's Institute), and UN Mujer to sign a pact on the defense of women's civil and political rights.
Vanda Pignato, current Secretary of Social Inclusion will be in the FMLN government, likely heading the new Ministry of Women's Affairs.
According to Vanda Pignato, the President would like to continue his weekly radio and TV show "Conversing with the President," perhaps, she said, as "Conversing with the Ex-President.

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The Catholic Church felt obligated to hold an emergency press conference after Vanda Pignato, Secretary of Social Inclusion and former first lady, made public in a radio interview that she had received an accusation that an important bishop in the Archdiocese of El Salvador had committed sexual abuse.

Secretary Pignato warned in the conference that if the Catholic Church did not make a statement about the case, she would reveal the identity of the priest named by the victim.
"The victim sought out the Catholic Church, submitted her sworn statement and held on to the hope that something would be done. I understand that the bishop of San Salvador would go to the Vatican and return to take action on the issue," said the Secretary of Social Inclusion in a radio interview.
Pignato said that the Catholic Church received the accusation at the end of October. However, nothing was done, and the accused bishop even traveled in a delegation to the Vatican to thank Pope Francis for the work he had done in the cause of canonizing the martyr Archbishop Oscar Romero.

How Violence Affects Women in El Salvador - Latin America Working Group [cached]

Vanda Pignato, El Salvador's Secretary of Social Inclusion, told La Prensa Gráfica that women stay silent because of "fear, shame, terror, and above all, because they do not trust the judicial system.

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Vanda Pignato, who is also the Secretary for Social Inclusion.

Her Excellency Madame Vanda Pignato - CIFAL Atlanta [cached]

Vanda Pignato is the first lady of El Salvador and the Secretary for Social Inclusion. Even though she was born in Brazil, she has been heavily involved in El Salvador for many years. Her career started as a lawyer who dedicated her life to fight for human rights and better international relations.

In June 2009, her career in the office of the President began, as she was named the Secretary for Social Services. She was tasked with focusing on human rights of those groups typically excluded from El Salvador, such as women, older people, handicapped people, and children without homes. She has achieved much success in bettering the lives of people in these sectors.
Due to all of Ms. Pignato's hard work and success in these areas, she has received many awards. The South-South Award was given to her in the category of Women and Children's Health. She also obtained the Americas Award for her efforts to improve the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals in the category of Gender Equality. Last but not least, Ms. Pignato received the United States' Ellis Island Medal of Honor due to her successes in defending human rights in El Salvador. At this point, Ms. Pignato is the only Latin American woman to receive this award.

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