This is the English transcription of Bolivian historian Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui’s intervention at the Women’s Parliament in La Paz, Bolivia, on Tuesday November 12, 2019. Watch the proceedings in their entirety here.
I have a very serious knee problem. They say it is pride. I am proud, in fact, of being a woman, and also of somehow having kept quiet all this time, because to me, this accident has been a gift from the fields. Just this past 23rd I fell while planting with my daughter in Cochabamba, and I take it as a sign that there is a need for a certain politics of silence.