The Parliament of Cantabria – in Santander – hosts an exhibition on the rights of indigenous women in Bolivia.

Since Friday, April 16, the courtyard of the Parliament of Cantabria has been hosting an informative exhibition on the project to promote the rights of indigenous women and young students from the municipalities of Ravelo and Ocurí, in Bolivia; project developed by the TAU Foundation, in collaboration with the Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute (IPTK) and with the support of the General Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Government of Cantabria. Under the heading “Cantabrian-Bolivian cooperation for the promotion and defense of women’s rights”, the sample exhibits two information panels and 30 photographs that correspond to three sections: prevention, protection and training. The exhibition can be visited until May 14 in the Parliament from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The vice president of Parliament, Emilia Aguirre, and the delegate of the TAU Foundation in Cantabria, Ramón Castillo, spoke at the opening ceremony on Friday.

Aguirre stressed the importance of development cooperation carried out from the community to “achieve a better world” and “support and defend the weakest”, as well as “help communities and countries with a lower level of economic and social development” . In this sense, I demand equality for women “discriminated against by gender” and stressed that this exhibition contributes “even in a very modest way” to improve and dignify the lives of these Bolivian indigenous women, whose history “is written in images »showing the exhibition. For his part, the TAU Foundation delegate pointed out that a digital meeting has also been organized, which will take place on April 22 on women and gender violence and can be followed live, without prior registration, on the YouTube channel of the Foundation from 6 pm. The project is subsidized by the regional government and aspires, according to Castillo, that these Bolivian indigenous women “have a life free of violence and discrimination.” The TAU Foundation has underlined that “Bolivia has a femicide rate about ten times higher than that of Spain and one of its structural characteristics is discrimination against women within the family, the community and other social institutions.”

The project works with four women’s associations, 40 women leaders and peasant social organizations to fight against gender violence.

It has also contributed to the two participating secondary education units, which number 200 students, have become spaces for training, prevention and attention to gender-based violence.

The TAU Foundation and the Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute work together on violence prevention and empowerment, victim protection and empowering women to have economic independence.

Since 2019, work has been carried out in various fields of action: with peasant women, in schools, health centers and municipal legal services, and awareness-raising actions for the entire population, which include exchanges with other schools and peasant organizations.

As you know, Fundación TAU is an NGO founded in 2003 that is committed to a commitment to solidarity and cooperation with which to collaborate in the construction of a “more just and fraternal” world. In Cantabria it is mainly linked to the Franciscan community of Santander and Liébana.

It carries out development cooperation work in countries such as Bolivia, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Morocco. He started working in Bolivia in 2005 and with IPTK from 2007.

For its part, the Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute (IPTK) was founded in 1976, in the town of Ocurí, in the Department of Potosí, to improve the living conditions of the poorest people in Bolivia; and has more than 44 years of experience in the execution of development projects.

This is the news … finally, based on the circumstances of “no inter-provincial mobility”, you know it is possible to see this Exhibition in our “Virtual Gallery” hosted on the home page of the Web where you are reading the news.