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Celinda Sosa, CCIMCAT`s director, recounts her initiation to the world of political activism:

"Between 1979 and the 80`s, I became involved in the administration of my community and women's organizations. At that time, I participated in a national conference of female artisans as a representative of the Cooperativa (cooperative) de San Carlos de Yesera Centro as well as of the Programa de Capacitación y Promoción Femenina de ACLO (program for the education and promotion of women). These experiences gave me the incentive to dedicate myself to the feminist cause with greater determination. In 1980, following Garcia Meza`s military coup, unions were controlled by the military-rural alliance. As a result, many rural leaders decided to mobilize themselves independently.

"In 1982, we held a national meeting of the Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia, CSUTCB (the Union of Rural Workers of Tarija). Tarija`s delegation initiated the Federación Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Tarija (unified federation of rural workers of Tarija), wherein women worked to affirm our rights and to abolish social, racial, political and economic discrimination. We also defended land ownership as the basis of the rural lifestyle.

"In 1983, I served as Education director in the first united congress of rural women. This experience made me understand the necessity of a strong female voice in the rural political movement. Subsequently, I was named female representative of the CSUTCB. These events constitute key moments in the integration of women into the greater rural political movement.