Guadalupe Peres-Cajías is the first Bolivian woman to receive this very high honor, for her contribution to the production, reflection, discussion and dissemination of knowledge. The decoration is awarded by the Minister of Cultures of France, from a list of candidates drawn up and handed over by the Order’s Council. This Council comprises 15 members. Half of these are directors of the French central administration; the other half are personalities elected by the Minister. A representative of the Order of the Legion of Honour also participates.