"In 2005, Peruvian activist Hilaria Supa Huaman was one of 1000 women from around the world nominated in the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize campaign." She was elected Congresswoman in Peru for 2006-11.
"She loves life in spite of everything. Conceived as the result of a rape, she herself was raped at the age of 14. Her name is Hilaria Supa Huaman. She is 47 years old and self-educated. She has lived in Lima, the capital of Peru. She now lives in Huallaccocha, in Cuzco. She campaigns for agriculture and for the women of the countryside. For more than 20 years, she has been dedicated to organizing women and preserving the ancient wisdom and culture of the Andes. For the last six years, she has also been working in search of justice for women who were forceably sterilized" - 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize
"This book is a loom, assembled with threads woven by Hilaria Supa Huaman, a Quechua woman. For nine years I followed her in her task of weaving threads out of the wool of the Quechua people, uniting the threads of different women, tying together threads broken by ignorance and violence, rescuing lost threads of a repressed culture and, in her tireless search for equilibrium, putting together a loom where to weave the Sun with the Moon and the past with the future."
"Hilaria tells us, in her own words, her thoughts and experiences as an indigenous person, a peasant, a woman and a leader, framed in the drawing of her two long braids. The last page in each chapter contains 'questions for reflection,' developed to help the reader relate Hilaria's story with their own situation. At the back of the book, we find annexes containing ideas for deepenig or bringing into practice some of the topics discussed in the book. This structure is intended to facilitate the use of this book in schools and training sessions." - Book Excerpt
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