Anne Malherbe Gosselin

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Anne Malherbe Gosselin
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First Lady of Ecuador
In role
January 15, 2007 – May 24th, 2017
President Rafael Correa
Preceded by María Beatriz Paret
Succeeded by Rocio Gonzalez Navas
Personal details
Born Anne Malherbe
(1968-12-16) December 16, 1968 (age 48)
Namur, Belgium
Spouse(s) Rafael Correa
Children Sofía, Anne Dominique, Rafael Miguel
Residence Quito, Ecuador (private)
Palacio de Carondelet (official)
Alma mater University of Louvain
Occupation Teacher

Anne Malherbe Gosselin (born Anne Malherbe on December 16, 1968) is the wife of President Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador since January 2007. She was born in Namur, Belgium, as the daughter of Paul Malherbe and Chantal Gosselin.[1] She met Rafael while both were attending courses in the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium. Some time later they got married and set up residency in Ecuador.

Public statements[edit]

Since President Correa's inauguration she opted to keep a low public profile and to be completely focused on her duties as a mother and wife. The only public statement of a political nature was during the first weeks of President Correa's term in office, made concerning the perceived duties of the First Lady; she alleged that "we, women are all equal" giving reassurances to all people that hold the belief of a self intrinsic value as individuals and not for their spouse's position.[2] It is important to highlight that she received a total unyielding support from her husband in this decision.

Anne Malherbe won sympathy from the Ecuadorian people (who until then knew very little of her) by a public statement on 31 July 2007 when during a telephone interview with EFE she referred to the case of an Ecuadorian child, Angélica Loja Cajamarca, who together with her mother had been detained in Belgium for not carrying a photo ID and were held at a center for undocumented migrants. The First lady said she was ashamed of what her country did to a child who was only eleven years old.[3] After this interview she returned to her daily routine away from the public eye.

Anne Malherbe has actually never been referred or presented as "First Lady of Ecuador" this is due to the socialist believes of President Correa whom accordingly thinks in an "equal socialist society there should not be a first lady as all its citizens men and women are the same" This is the main reason she's remained aside at all times. Currently she doesn't even live in Ecuador but in her native Belgium. The duties of the First Lady, which prior to this presidency have existed, were transferred to -Patronato San José- first and now are part of the Ministry of social inclusion.


  1. ^ "Orígenes de Anne Malherbe, en la base de datos de Mauricio Alvarado-Dávila" (in Spanish). GeneaNet. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "¿Tenemos primera dama?" (in Spanish). Hoy. 6 August 2007. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "La primera dama de Ecuador se avergüenza de ser belga" (in Spanish). Hoy. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
María Beatriz Paret
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First Lady of Ecuador
2007 – 2017
Succeeded by
Rocio Gonzalez