Protagonists of the New History


Latin America and the Caribbean, Why Women Count

bolivia1Casimira Rodriguez is an indigenous Quechua woman, a human rights activist – and now the Minister of Justice in the new government headed by President Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president. And she’s not alone: Bolivia has three women ministers, while Silvia Lazarte, also Quechua, is Chair of Bolivia’s Constitutional Assembly. Quechua people make up 60 cent of Bolivia’s nine million population, but were always denied power until 2003 when they protested at the sale of Bolivia’s gas reserves. Now, says Casimira, ‘we want better healthcare, a dignified job and we want justice to be accessible to all, without any type of discrimination.’

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Protagonists of the New History
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