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Discrimination and education, the challenges for women in Bolivian politics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The challenges indigenous women face begin with their entry into political activity and complicate further if elected as officials amidst tensions with their male peers and the dilemma of exercising their positions under their own convictions or subject to the decisions of their organization.

Cases of pressure on many to resign their posts despite having been elected, forced dismissals and even assassinations such as that of city councilor Juana Quispe in 2012 are part of a contradictory situation in Bolivia, where the presence of women in Parliament must be equal to that of men by law . . .

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