As of the 2nd Meeting of Organizations and Movements of America in Tiahuanacu, Bolivia, held in 1983, the International Day of Indigenous Women is celebrated every September 5. This is in commemoration of Bartolina Sisa, Aymara by birth, who led a revolution against Spanish domination and oppression in 1972 in Bolivia.
From the Center for the Development of the Amazonian Indigenous (CEDIA) we want to recall the important role that indigenous women play in the defense of their territory and their active participation in the sustainable management of natural resources, among other economic activities, such as crafts for the well-being of your family and community.
On this occasion, we want to share the Documentary "Reshijabe, Sigh of emotion" produced by our Communications Manager, Yazmín Rivero Mejía, Graduate in Communication for Development from the PUCP, who through this audiovisual tells us about areas of the life of the Shipiba artisan teacher Olinda Silvano. Leader who lives in the Shipiba Community of Cantagallo, in which a disastrous fire occurred on November 4, 2016.
Olinda returns after 5 years to her native Paoyhan community in Loreto where she reconnects with her origins and family. There she recounts the value of artisan women, how she learned Kené designs and how women, like her, can get ahead based on their ancestral knowledge, their art.
The documentary has been produced between the months of March and July of this year. Our Communications Officer feels great admiration for Olinda's struggle and strength and is grateful for the trust and the opportunity to have won a new friend.
From CEDIA we hope that "Reshijabe, sigh of emotion" contributes to reflect on the role of indigenous women both in the interior of the country and in our capital, as well as on the pending agenda so that their rights are respected.