Bolivian Women's Political Role Increases, Along With Attacks


Women now hold almost half the seats in the Bolivian Congress, as a result of a 1997 law mandating 30 percent of political candidates be women. But despite this progress, some male Bolivian politicians have struggled against these changes, and female politicians face a sharp increase in violence against them. For example, the mayor of a town near La Paz punched city councilwoman Mary de la Cruz in the face in retaliation against her complaints about public works inconsistencies. 


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