"Legally, women in Bolivia can have life-saving abortions or abortions to terminate a pregnancy caused by rape. But there are a so many legal obstacles to clear first that by the end of the day women end of not having abortions at all. In Bolivia, abortion exists only on paper; so we are fighting for the total decriminalization of all types of abortion.

“It’s the same with femicides. In Bolivia we have a law that typifies femicides, but it's a dead law — one that exists only on paper. Authorities always have some excuse to call the murder of a woman a 'homicide' or anything other than a femicide. Again, it’s a case of the government coming out with laws to protect women and giving us a political discourse, but at the end of the day the law isn’t applied.

“There are different types of feminism, so it’s important to make the movement an inclusive space among women from different generations and sexual identities. Our type of feminism is valuable too, because we see things from a different perspective. We want to struggle side by side with the older generation of feminists and not hear them tell us, ‘You are the future, and some day your time will come.’ No, we want to hear them say, ‘Come and fight with us now.’ Because that’s the way it has to be. The future is now. We do this together now or never.”


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