The 5 Latin Americans of the 100 most influential of Time magazine in 2022

(CNN Spanish) — The president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, and two women activists defending abortion in Colombia, Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and Ana Cristina González Vélez, are some of the Latinos included in the annual list of the 100 most influential personalities in the world of the magazine Time of 2022.

Magazine Time He also chose in his list of the most influential in the world this year a Brazilian indigenous leader, Sônia Guajajara, who challenges Bolsonaro, and the Colombian businessman David Vélez, creator of a digital banking platform.

The profiles of these Latin Americans were written by personalities such as the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Joseph Stiglitz, and the president of Colombia, Iván Duque.

The list is divided into six categories: Artists, Innovators, Titans, Leaders, Icons, and Pioneers.

Gabriel Boric

Chilean President Gabriel Boric delivers his inaugural address at Palacio de La Moneda in Santiago, on March 11, 2022. (BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images)

With a profile written by Nobel Laureate in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, Time chose the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, as one of the most influential leaders in the world. Boric, 36, assumed the presidency of Chile last March, thus becoming the youngest president in the history of the South American country, points out Stiglitz, the American economist who is also a professor at Columbia University. Stiglitz says that the former student leader’s resounding victory “represented a changing of the guard, but more importantly, it marked a change in the direction of Chile’s and possibly the world’s economy.”

“The night Boric won the primaries, he promised: ‘If Chile was the cradle of neoliberalism, it will also be its grave!’ and that has become the rallying cry of those around the world seeking an alternative to the right-wing economic policies of the last five decades,” says Stiglitz, who believes that the Chilean president has known how to demonstrate listening, communication, empathy and a deep understanding of Chilean history and culture. “He is making Chile again the world’s social, economic and political laboratory,” he writes.

Cristina Villarreal Velasquez and Ana Cristina Gonzalez Velez

Colombian abortion activists Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and Ana Cristina González Vélez (Twitter @mesaporlavida)

Included in the category of pioneers, these two Colombian activists are part of Just Cause for Abortion, an organization that has fought for the defense of the sexual and reproductive rights of women in the country. Magazine Time recognizes Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and Ana Cristina González Vélez precisely for that fight they led to the Constitutional Court, where last February abortion was decriminalized up to 24 weeks of gestation.

“What Ana Cristina and Cristina did is remarkable. It gives us hope for the future of access in the US, despite what is happening with Roe v. Wade. It empowers women in Poland, where abortion laws are among the strictest in Europe, to say: “OK, our countries are different, but if they can do it, we can stand up and have another try. That sense of international solidarity is crucial because there are so many countries where it’s hard for women to stand up and fight back,” says the profile of Time written by Ailbhe Smyht, an Irish activist fighting for the same cause.

Sonia Guajajara

Indigenous leader and Brazilian congresswoman Sonia Guajajara participates in a march on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 17, 2022. (CAIO GUATELLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Another Latin American pioneer included in the list of the most influential personalities of Time is indigenous leader Sônia Guajajara, who in 2018 became the first indigenous woman to appear on Brazil’s electoral ballot as a vice-presidential candidate for the Socialism and Liberty Party.

Today, as Executive Coordinator of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, she fights on the front line against President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to destroy indigenous lands, along with the Amazon rainforest, Time highlights. “Sonia resisted and continues to resist today: against machismo, as a woman and feminist; against the massacre of indigenous peoples, as an activist; and against neoliberalism, as a socialist,” writes Guilherme Boulos, coordinator of the Brazilian Homeless Workers’ Movement. .

David Velez

Colombian businessman David Vélez, CEO and co-creator of Nubank. (Num Colombia)

Time recognizes Colombian businessman David Vélez as one of the most influential innovators in the world. “Many leaders aspire to make the planet a better place. David Vélez, a 40-year-old businessman and philanthropist from Medellín, Colombia, has done it,” says Colombian President Iván Duque, author of the profile included in the magazine.

Vélez is CEO and co-creator of Nubank, a digital banking platform created in Brazil that also has a presence in Mexico and Colombia. “Vélez empowered more than 54 million people in Latin America by granting them access to banking and all its benefits: a system that was previously unattainable for many,” writes Duque, who also highlights Nubank’s entry into the Stock Exchange of New York in 2021.

“The unicorn company now leads a new generation of Colombians who dream big. David Vélez challenged the status quo and today the world recognizes their work”, concludes the president of Colombia.

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