Bachelet Inaugurates El Salvador’s First Comprehensive Support Centre for Women

Date: Monday, March 28, 2011

Inauguration Cermony of Ciudad Mujer
Inauguration ceremony of Ciudad Mujer, El Salvador

La Libertad—UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet together with El Salvador's President and First Lady on 28 March inaugurated the first “Ciudad Mujer" service centre in Lourdes, Colón. (Read Ms. Bachelet's speech at the ceremony, in Spanish.)

An El Salvador government initiative with support by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the centre is the first of its kind in the Latin America region to offer comprehensive services to economically and socially empower women. Services include healthcare access, support for survivors of violence, daycare and job training.

The centre will serve the municipalities of Armenia, Maple City, Columbus, Jayaque Sacacoyo, San Juan Opico, Talnique and Tepecoyo, in the west. The IDB is considering a loan proposal to support six additional centers in El Salvador.