In 2006, Bolivia elected Evo Morales as their first ever indigenous president. Today, it's the country's indigenous women who are at the forefront of Bolivia's social transformation after decades of being banned from public spaces.
Redfish met the women working to radically change Bolivia, from indigenous Members of Parliament, to those fighting for justice for femicide victims, to the activists linking the fight against patriarchy to environmental justice.
Adriana Salvatierra, the youngest ever President of the Bolivian Parliament, told redfish about the exclusion women faced before the Morales presidency: "When women demanded parity, it was not possible because the Constitution did not allow it. For us, it was key to change the constitution, and this led to the incorporation of the principles of gender parity and equity in the Constitution."
Members of the grassroots organisation Bartolinas Sisa Women's Federation in the city of Santa Cruz said: "Women were confined in houses. To look after the children, to do the laundry, to cook and to look after the animals. This was what we were told before. That's why we organised ourselves as an organisation of women of Bartolina Sisa... Nowadays we have equality in participation, equality in rights, but this is thank to these organisations, we have fought for this equal participation, and now we have an indigenous President in Bolivia."
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