Building peace in the minds of men and women

Last Day of Director-General’s Official Visit to El Salvador

On 7 May, the last day of her official visit in El Salvador, the Director- General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, undertook a visit to the Joya de Ceren, a pre-Hispanic farming community inscribed on the World Heritage List, and a field trip to the Trifinio transboundary biosphere reserve where she had an encounter with Mr Salvador Sanchez Ceren, Vice-President of El Salvador and a delegation of Ministers, high level officials of the Trifinio in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Mayors and authorities of the Trifinio region. She also met with producers and representatives of the communities living in this area.

Together with the First Lady of El Salvador and Secretary for Social Inclusion, Ms Vanda Pignato, the Director-General visited one of the Headquarters of the Programme "Ciudad Mujer" in the Department of Santa Ana. The programme is designed to protect and promote women's rights and to provide integrated specialized services for women, including capacity building.  

During a ceremony at the Monument to Memory and Truth dedicated to the victims of conflict, held in the presence of the Vice-Minister of Cooperation for Development, Mr Jaime Miranda and the Procurator for the Defense of Human Rights Mr Humberto Luna, Irina Bokova highlighted the importance of dialogue and reconciliation for building a culture of peace and more equitable societies.