Indigenous Bolivian women take up self-defense against gender-based violence

El Alto (Bolivia) (AFP) – In a classroom in Bolivia’s second city, El Alto, a group of predominantly indigenous Aymara women are learning self-defense. In a country where government data shows that eight in 10 women experience violence at least once in their lives, the “Warmi Power” project has a keen fanbase. Seeking to “merge psychology with self-defense” – as director Laura Roca puts it – the program has trained 35,000 women across Bolivia since 2015.


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