Empowering Indigenous women leaders in Bolivia and across Latin America and the Caribbean
Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
In January of 2010, close to 100 Indigenous women leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean met in La Paz, Bolivia for the conference Building Strategic Partnerships for Governance and Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean ("Warmis KAY Syuynchiqta Awanchiq") organized by MADRE partner organization the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI).
Reforms in Bolivia's Constitution (enacted in February of 2009) call for gender parity in all branches of government. In respose, MADRE and FIMI have partnered with Bartolina Sisa, the largest Indigenous women’s organization in Bolivia, to equip women leaders with the skills they need to succeed in local and national government.
MADRE's Program Coordinator, Natalia Caruso, attended the conference:
"The conference has been very successful in sharing experiences and strategies in how to really strengthen the political representation of Indigenous women in Latin America and Caribbean countries. A lot of Indigenous women from the region came to this meeting and there was also a strong presence of Indigenous women from here in Bolivia.
We also went to the traditional ceremony of Indigenous people that was part of Evo Morales's inauguration ceremony. It was very interesting that people we interviewed at the conference talked about Evo Morales as not being just a president of Bolivia, but as being the president of Indigenous people. This is a very strong message and I think it’s very nice how the image of Evo Morales allows many people to see the change that they want to see in their own country."
The conference resonated deeply with the Indigenous women parliamentarians who were in attendance. It provided a rare opportunity for women from across Latin America and the Caribbean to meet in a forum dedicated to the exchange of their ideas and experiences. They discussed their role in empowering women at the local, national and international levels and the best methods of changing power structures within each of their countries to give more of a voice to women leaders.
Watch the video or check out the pictures from the event.
Archives"Press Releases" Home September 2014 June 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 March 2013 February 2013 September 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 November 2010 October 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 March 2007 February 2007 December 2006 October 2006 July 2006 June 2006 September 2005 January 2004 August 2001
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
Breaking the gridlock of climate change negotiations: learning from allies (openDemocracy, September 29, 2014)
Peru TV slammed by UN as racial stereotypes paraded for cheap laughs (The Guardian, September 3, 2014)
In Iraq, women 'are the battlefield' (Women Under Siege , August 12, 2014)
Haitian woman faces death threats for speaking out about violence against women (WBEZ Worldview, July 16, 2014)
Media Spotlight Turns Away from Iraq, as Concerns Mount Over Human Rights and Political Stalemate (Uprising Radio, July 11, 2014)