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"At the end of the same year, the rural women of Bolivia chose me as their leader. During my term as the Secretary General of the Federación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas de Bolivia "Bartolina Sisa" (National Federation of Bolivian Rural Women), a new challenge arose: to create a support system for the rural women of the department of Tarija.

"With the knowledge that women played a secondary role in unions, political institutions and productivity to their male counterparts. We started to analyze the specific needs and demands of the women of Tarija and, subsequently, recognized the necessity of strengthening the leadership role of women in unions. Through several contacts, including the extraordinary contributions of German co-operant Dagmar Schumann, we received funding to train women in this field. Unfortunately, leaders of the Federación Sindical Unica de Trabajadores Campesinos de Tarija (Unified Federation of Rural Union of Tarija) argued that our program threatened to divide families and the rural movement.

"Despite this obstacle, I persisted to search out other spaces where I could increase opportunities for rural women. Slowly, with the help of a dedicated team, we defined our objectives; subsequently, CCIMCAT was born with the mandate of supporting women in their processes of development."