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Awakening women in Bolivia

Bolivian women spearhead Morales revolution

“In the early 19th Century, Bolivian women fought alongside men for the country’s independence from colonial Spain. They stormed into battle on horseback, seized cities and were on the frontline. “

Today one half of the President Morales’ Cabinet are women and women hold an unprecedented 30% of seats in Bolivia’s new legislative branch.

Gabriela Montano, a senator who represents the eastern city of Santa Cruz says “The awakening of women has been brewing for a while. Women have been a key element in the consolidation of this process of change led by President Morales, from the rallies, the protests, the fights. Now, they will be a key element in affairs of national interest.”

Read more about why women around the world have their eyes on Bolivia in Bolivian women spearhead Morales revolution by BBC news correspondent Andres Schipani.  Bolivia has taken the world stage for social change on many levels.  The Peoples Conference on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth is being held in Cochabamba April 20-22, 2010.

Robin Milam and Michael Stone are leading a delegation to the Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights.  For more information read our blog about the Conference and the Benefit Event.


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