Mirtha Vásquez assumed office as the Prime Minister of Peru, and sixth woman Prime Minister, on October 6th, 2021. Before her political career took off, Vásquez had a long history in human rights. Vásquez served as an attorney and executive secretary for a Cajamarca-based human rights and environmental protection think tank, Grufides. She also served on the Board of Directors for the National Coordinator of Human Rights. Additionally, Vásquez was a lecturer at the National University of Cajamarca.
Right before serving as Prime Minister, Vásquez was elected to the Peruvian Congress in 2020. As an independent, she represented Cajamarca and the Broad Front coalition. She then served as the first Vice President of Congress.
Vásquez graduated from the National University of Cajamarca with a law degree and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru with a master’s degree in social management.