MADRE Statements

Bolivia: Training on Rights, Governance and Political Participation, Project Update

Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2009

Keywords: Bolivia, Latin America & Caribbean, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice

From MADRE's partner organization: International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI)


United and Strengthened

Training on Rights, Governance and Political Participation to Rural Indigenous Women of CNMCIOB  

A Space for Empowering Political and Leadership Capacities

Cochabamba, Bolivia
October 2009

The International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI) and the National Confederation of Rural Indigenous Women Originating from Bolivia Bartolina Sisa (CNMCIOB BS) joined forces for a political and leadership education workshop entitled: Training on Rights, Governance and Political Participation of Rural Indigenous Women of CNMCIOB, as the pilot-project for the IIWF/FIMI Indigenous Women's Global Leadership School.

The training process enriched the Political Participation capacity of Indigenous women in the context of opportunities created by the new Political Constitution of the Pluri-national State of Bolivia, especially on three distinct levels:  

Dissemination Workshops: 12 - 14 August 2009, 18 Indigenous women leaders from 9 political administration departments in the Bolivian government gathered to discuss the new opportunities to increase Indigenous women's political capacities. Subsequently, each participant reproduced the knowledge gained through departmental workshops and as the local facilitators of national workshops.

Departmental Workshops: During the month of September, CNMCIOB BS organized workshops at each of the 9 administrative departments, according to their assembly schedules. At least 50 women participated in each of these workshops.

National Workshop: From 14 - 16 October 2009 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, over 100 Indigenous women leaders, local leaders and candidates in the December 2009 Elections of Bolivia, gathered to discuss the results from the local workshops, as well as the national application of new Indigenous women's leadership opportunities.
Upon completion of the training day, the sisters challenged each other to discuss and empower change in such areas as: electoral law, politica rights, political participation of Indigenous women, Indigenous women's human rights at the international level, international cooperation, governance and other important topics for the region.  

The training process for the Indigenous women leaders was organized to articulate themes and methodology, and elaborated by IIWF/FIMI representative Antonia Agreda. This organization style allowed the mainstreaming of each individual's respective organizational processes in such way that will enable the women leaders to use this training as a frame of reference and a critical reflection of the new political situation in the country.

The workshops were greatly enriched by the participation of global leaders including: Mateo Martínez, International Relations Representative from Fondo Indigena; the Director of CNMCIOB 'Bartolina Sisas': Leonida Zurita; Rebeca Delgado, a former Constituent of Bolivia; and Evelyn Agreda a former General Minister of Bolivia.

Learn more about Demanding a Political Voice for Women, MADRE's project with FIMI in Bolivia.


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