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Maria Liberia-Peters

Maria Liberia-Peters, born May 20th 1941 on the Island of Curacao. (Dutch Caribbean). After completion of High School she studied Early Childhood Education in The Netherlands. Committed to contribute more to better understanding and well being of the youth, she decided to study Pedagogics and followed thereafter different specialized courses in the Netherlands as well as in The U.S.A. Maria worked as a Teacher, Supervisor of Early Childhood and Teacher at the Teacher’s College.

Sparked by International Women’s Year (1975), proclaimed by The United Nations, under the theme “Equality, Development and Peace”, she started her political career, as a candidate contesting for the Legislative Council. She was elected as such and soon after was appointed as the first woman to be in the Local Executive Government of Curacao. Besides being also elected as member of Parliament on various occasions, Maria was also the first woman to become Acting Lieutenant Governor with jurisdiction over Public Order, Immigration and Police Force. She was called to fulfill the highest political post as Prime Minister of the Central Government of The Netherlands Antilles. (1984-1985, 1988-1993). During her period as Prime Minister she worked to build bridges between governments and people of the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean and the Dutch speaking Caribbean.

During the period 1991-1994, she chaired the Board of Presiding Officers of the Standing Regional Conference for the Integration of Women in the development of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). She also served as Political Leader of the “National People’s Party” and Vice President for the Caribbean Area for the Regional Organization of Christian Democratic Parties (ODCA). She was honored by the Queen of The Kingdom of the Netherlands with the Honor of “Grootofficier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau”, Gran Cruz del Orden de Boyaca” (Colombia), “Gran Cordon en el Orden del Libertador” (Venezuela), “Sol de Carabobo Primera Clase” (Valencia –Venezuela)” and Proclamation of December 1st 1989 as “Prime Minister Maria Philomina, Day by Fulton County, Atlanta Georgia, U.S.A.). As a Roman Catholic Political Leader she was received in audience at various occasions by the late Pope John Paul Second.