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La Sole, a woman in front of a difficult city

Soledad Chapetón or “La Sole”, as called by the citizens, is the mayor of El Alto. Woman, young and member of the opposition, Sole is leading a city located at 4.000 meters high which has been an essential bastion for Evo Morales’ party, the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS).

Being 37 years old, she is running a growing city -the second largest in Bolivia- conformed by Altiplane migrants. El Alto has been and still is the scene of many demonstrations, protests and blockades. Referred as “ungovernable”, this young city has still the label of insecure and gather one of the highest violence rates of the country.

Soledad Chapetón has been mayor for two years now and her short path hasn’t been easy. Last year the mayor’s office has been attacked and burnt by some protesters asking for a improvement in the educative infrastuctures. During this episodes, six public servants were dead. It was “the saddest moment of her mandate”, as she remember it.

Her story will be soon told on “Where Women Make the Laws”.

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