Justice and Women’s Rights in Bolivia

They are not thousands, they are millions, and among those millions you could find your mother, your grand-mother, your best friend’s daughter, the next-door neighbor, or, without going very far, the love of our life.

Bolivia is one of the countries with the highest rate of femicide per capita in the world. Two out of each 100,000 women is assassinated in Bolivia. Many complaints do not make it to court, due the high cost of the process, but, when the guilty party is brought to court, the process and the sentence can be delayed for more than 15 years.

The elimination of femicide requires the deconstruction and eradication of patriarchal structures and models. The most curious thing of all this is that few men and women are truly willing to relinquish these prejudices. In many places around the world women still do not have the right to have rights, and the word justice still has a strange connotation for too many of them.

In different locations of the world, cinema has been and will continue to be a tool in the fight for justice and vindication that accompanies historical process in each society. In collaboration with the Observatorio de Género para la Exigibilidad de los Derechos de la Mujer and Feminismo Comunitario in Bolivia, the short film Before We Are Forgotten (Antes de que nos olviden) wishes to become a platform to open spaces of dialogue around femicide and the delay of justice.

The relevance and respect for women’s rights should not belong only to women; instead, it should be a common cause to all men and women.