Jorge Muñoz Wells was born in Lima and has been the Metropolitan Mayor since January 1st, 2019. He is a lawyer with a Master’s Degree in Territorial Planning and Environmental Management. With more than 23 years of experience in local government, he has been awarded over 15 Good Practices on Public Management Awards from different organizations for initiatives regarding the environment, social inclusion, city services, among others.
His main focus areas for Lima are safety, transport, anti-corruption, public cleaning and social inclusion.
Girls and boys on a daily basis are excluded from decision making and how the city is built. Through the “Lima: City of Girls and Boys” program, Lima has achieved the participation of 150 girls and boys, between 9 -11 years of age, in leading roles as Counselors of authorities and decision makers. In this way, three local mayors, two children’s shelters, a natural reserve in Lima (Pantanos de Villa), and the city’s Environmental Management Office, among others; now have a group of counselors who provide ideas and proposals to make a sustainable change in the city. Likewise, 450 girls and boys from Lima Centre now participate in advising municipal management.
The project’s impact level is high in policies and city management, including:
* The girls and boys Guardians of the Swamp (Pantanos de Villa) with their advisory work to the Board of Directors of PROHVILLA, which impacts more than 3500 persons each month (on average), of which 60.25% are girls and boys.
* The Counselors for the Mayors of Lima, Barranco and Miraflores work for a population of more than 28 000 girls and boys in Lima Centre.
* Children who are Shelter’s Counselors help with their proposals a population of 50 children exposed to neglect or vulnerability. Next year, one of the biggest shelters in Lima will be integrated into this program, with a population of 250 children.
The city Environmental Council creates projects capable of impacting 21 500 girls and boys from Lima.
The Program Lima Lee (Lima Reads) has edited short books in order to promote reading in the students of Metropolitan Lima and all neighbours of the city. The collection includes national writers with a background in literature and other classical authors.
10 books were published at10 000 copies each, totaling 100 000 books printed. This has resulted in around 285 copies in school libraries, benefiting approximately 120 000 students. The books can also be found in the libraries that make up the Public Library Network led by the Municipality of Lima. To date, this library system has 12 941 members.
The”Youth Contact” program is geared to young people aged between 17 and 29, that facilitates the training and employment promotion of youth with scarce economic resources, discovering their personal resources, encouraging soft skills, and developing human capabilities which allow them to insert themselves in a formal job to achieve their goals. This program has existed since the 2000s with more than 6 000 young beneficiaries.