The political participation of indigenous women in Latin America and the Caribbean

Aug 8, 2022 | GATE News, Publications |

On August 9, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples is commemorated to raise awareness of the problems affecting these communities and to provide solutions to them. From GATE Center, our Director of the Social Area, Violeta Domínguez Acosta, reflects on the role of women within the indigenous communities of Bolivia and Guatemala and their participation in politics.

Indigenous women in Latin America and the Caribbean face multiple barriers that weaken their participation and representation in the governing bodies of their countries. In the case of Bolivia, the main ones are: the predominance of men in political parties, harassment and political violence against women, the patriarchal structures that govern society and the lack of legislation to facilitate their participation. These reasons tend to be widespread in the context of other countries in the region.

Throughout the pill, with images provided by Oxfam in Bolivia and the Coordinadora de la Mujer and the Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios de la Universidad Mayor de San Simón, the documentary “Historias más allá de la paridad”, shows the first-hand experiences of three women politicians and the difficulties they have suffered throughout their political careers.

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