Gloria Valerín Rodríguez
|Gloria Valerín Rodríguez|
|Deputy Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica|
|Constituency||San José, Costa Rica|
|Minister of Women's Affairs|
|President||Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, (1998-2002)|
|Born||Guanacaste, Costa Rica|
|Political party||Citizens' Action Party|
|Profession||Lawyer and Public Servant|
Gloria Valerín Rodríguez is a Costa Rican lawyer, former deputy, vice-presidential candidate, and director of technical services for the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica. Valerín is a feminist and human rights campaigner.
Valerín was born on 9 April 1955 in Sardinal de Guanacaste. In 1957, her family moved to the Hatillo District of San José. She claims that being born to a family with four brothers produced her feminist beliefs. Valerín became an atheist when she was twelve years old. As a young woman, she followed her grandfather Luis Valerín by joining the Popular Vanguard Party, Costa Rica's main communist party. As a member, she was arrested several times and spent several nights in jail. She graduated from Liceo de San José (San José High School) and the University of Costa Rica.
Despite being an atheist, she was a member of the Social Christian Unity Party (Partido de unidad socialcristiana, PUSC), one of the two dominant political parties of Costa Rica. From 1998 to 2001, Valerín was Minister of Women's Affairs. She was a deputy for the party between 2000 and 2004. She says that her best piece of legislation was the Paternal Law Act, which established the requirements under which people suspected of being parents could be genetically tested. Upon leaving her post as deputy, Valerín earned a bureaucratic position within the Legislative Assembly. In 2007, Valerín distanced herself from PUSC because of her opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement. She joined the exodus of former PUSC member and left the party. In 2006, joined the Unión Patriótica (Patriotic Union), an offshoot of the Citizens' Action Party (Partido acción ciudadana, PAC), formed by Humberto Arce. She was one of Arce's Vice-Presidential candidates when he ran for President in 2006. In 2008, Valerín joined PAC, supporting Ottón Solís for President.
Valerín is married to Óscar Madrigal Jiménez. She has four children and lives in the Hatillo District.
- Yuri, Lorena Jiménez (28 September 2003). "Gloria entre riscos". La Nacion (Costa Rica) (in Spanish) (San Jose). Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Female Heads of the Parliament of Costa Rica". Female Heads of the Parliament of Costa Rica. Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- "Costa Rica: Gloria Valerín quiere recuperar barrios olvidados de San José". Fundación para el Desarrollo Local y el Fortalecimiento Municipal e Institucional de Centroamérica y el Caribe. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2014.