María Paula Romo is an Ecuadorian feminist lawyer and the former Dean of Jurisprudence, Social Sciences and Communication at the International University of Ecuador. She is currently a visiting professor at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador, where she directs the Raúl Baca Carbo Research Institute Her main focus is on gender with expertise in advocacy for human rights and to end violence against women. Prof. Romo is a co-founder of the Ruptura 25 movement, a contemporary political affiliation in Ecuador. She earned the position of Chair of the Justice Commission of the Ecuadorian National Assembly from 2009 to 2013. In 2011, the magazine Foreign Policy designated Ms. Romo as one of the ten new, influential faces of Latin America for her commitment to democracy and to women’s rights. She serves as a Commissioner as well as the co-chair of the Equity Commission launched by the Pan American Health Organization in May 2016.