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CELIMA TORRICO, AN INDIGENOUS MINISTER

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Last January 25th. all Bolivians voted for a new Constitution. During long years since the foundation of the Bolivian Republic in 1825, indigenous peoples had to wait to be included in the new Constitution. According to this document all the indigenous peoples in Bolivia are officially recognized which is something really important. Reading this document one can find that possibilites are open for equial participation in the political structures.

About two weeks ago, I had the possibility to listen to Justice Minister, Mrs. Celima Torrico, during a seminar at Cultures Ministry in La Paz, Bolivia. Mrs. Torrico is an indigenous quechua leader with a lot of experience as member of one of the biggest indigenous female organizations in Bolivia, Female Confederation Bartolina Sisa. During previous governments it was not possibly to see an indigenous woman in any Ministry. However from now on, we hope than more indigenous women can access to high level responsibilities.

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JaniceW's picture

Inspiring

Thank you for posting this Cristina. It is so inspiring to see an indigenous woman in a position of influence in Bolivia and I hope she is able to bring more awareness to the issues facing indigenous groups in your country. Have you been following Jackie's post regarding rights for indigenous people in Bolivia? It has been a lively discussion and it would be wonderful to hear your perspective. The post can be found at:

http://www.worldpulse.com/node/10265

JMKELLAM's picture

Sharing voices

Cristina:

Thank you for sharing that clip with the PulseWire community. I'm glad you are here to add to the ongoing discussions on Bolivian rights.

Jenna

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Encouraging

It is great to see indigenous woman taking an active role in running things and I hope many more are encouraged and supported. Thank you for your great posts

Maria

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Congratulations!

I heard you will be at Blogher! Congratulations. Have you seen Jackie's post? http://www.worldpulse.com/node/10333

Jennifer Ruwart
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