Leonilda Zurita started her activism in coca grower’s unions being very young. She leaded several protests in the 90’s and 2000’s, together with the current president Evo Morales, claiming for the legalization of coca crops and the end of military intervention in Chapare area, clashing against both the policy of the former Bolivian government and USA’s. She was an executive from Confederación Bartolina Sisa, the most prominent peasant women union in Bolivia, and she is nowadays a regional politician in Cochabamba.
Listen Leonilda about her views about unionism and the massive incorporation of women in politics. She is notoriously proud of the achievements, but she doesn’t forget the challenges to come.