Francia Márquez to Become Colombia’s First Black Vice President

Colombia has elected its first Black woman vice-president after the country’s election on Sunday.

Francia Márquez, an Afro-Colombian single mother and former housekeeper, won 50.4% of the votes in the Colombian election.

“After 214 years, we have achieved a government of the people, a popular government, a government of people with calloused hands… The government of the nobodies of Colombia,” Márquez said.

Márquez was born in 1981 in the southwestern Cauca region of Colombia and began her environmental activism at the age of 15.

Márquez is a lawyer, longtime activist, and a winner of the Goldman Prize, a prestigious recognition in environmentalism.

WIO News reported that political analysts have predicted that Marquez will lead a new equality ministry when the Colombian officials are chosen.

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