We are [only] an
agitation to facilitate the work stoppage
perspective of an autonomous aymara feminist, having been (figuratively,
ãbathing in bloodä) in this area for a little over three weeks.
We are [only] an agitation to facilitate the work stoppage
Every time there are work stoppages or roadblocks, it is
difficult for women with few economic resources to subsist in
our homes, where we are the primary economic providers.
Through anguish and despair, both urban and rural women, [we
have shown] our capacity to resist in silence three weeks,
paralyzed because of the roadblocks and marches forced by some
neighborhood leaders and indigenous bosses from various sectors.
Sister, you are marching with your colleagues, along with your
brothers, as a way to highlight and draw attention to your
presence, your struggle for the cause and for justice. But the
leaders and the bosses do not take our participation into
account. For them, we do not have our own voice. They pretend we
are not there, do not recognize our presence, we just provide a
bit of agitation to facilitate the work stoppage or roadblock.
Our struggle is more definitive because of our courageous
resistance as women, and we believe they should consider our
wisdom, but our leaders are excited by blood. They are
fascinated with confrontations -- the more crises the better.
They do not care about their sons and daughters, their families,
their people. We women have to march at the same time we are
supporting our home. If we come from our own communities,
despite being tired, we have to perform as cooks and provide
food for all the men.
If you leaders and bosses would take your female companions and
sisters into account, roadblocks and stoppages would be
different, planned more creatively, and we would not suffer from
such hunger. The protests and marches would achieve the desired
outcomes, as we women dream. We would set out to recover our
natural resources, and organize a meeting to present our
proposals to the CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY.
Now, with your machismo, authoritarian like the almighty police,
violent like the army, racist like the elites of Santa Cruz and
the rest of the country, we obtain nothing, not even unity. But
we do find hatred, bitterness, more divisiveness, class clashes.
We have fortified fascism and have also strengthened the
traditional political parties. Impunity towards the assassins
and poverty will continue.
Social Movement of Women
Virgen de los Deseos
Translation from Spanish: Trisha Novak