Women's Rights Exchange » Mirna Cunningham

Director, Center for Indigenous Peoples' Autonomy & Development (Spanish acronym, CADPI)

Mirna Cunningham is the Vice-President of the Indigenous Initiative for Peace and Director of the Center for Indigenous People’s Autonomy and Development (CADPI), was trained as a surgeon and teacher and has a Master’s Degree in Public Health. She is an Indigenous Miskita who worked for more than 10 years as a teacher and as a doctor in hospitals and health clinics throughout Nicaragua. She is a former member of the National Assembly of Nicaragua who also served as Minister of Health and as Governor of the North Atlantic Coast.  Dr. Cunningham founded (and acted as the first female Chancellor of) URACCAN, the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, and served as the General Secretary of the Interamerican Indigenous Institute.

Languages: English, Spanish

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