Mujeres Creando (Eng: Women Creating) is a Bolivian anarcha-feminist collective that participates in a range of anti-poverty work, including propaganda, street theater and direct action. The group was founded by Julieta Paredes, María Galindo and Mónica Mendoza in 1992 and members including two of Bolivia's only openly lesbian activists.
Mujeres Creando publishes Mujer Pública (Eng: Public Woman), produces a weekly radio show, and maintains a cultural café named Carcajada (Eng: Laughter).
Founder Julieta Paredes describes Mujeres Creando as "a 'craziness' started by three women (Julieta Paredes, María Galindo and Mónica Mendoza) from the arrogant, homophobic and totalitarian Left of Bolivia during the 1980s, where heterosexuality was still the model and feminism was understood to be divisive."
Mujeres Creando gained international attention due to their involvement in the 2001 occupation of the Bolivian Banking Supervisory Agency on behalf of Deudora, an organization of those indebted to microcredit institutions. The occupants, armed with dynamite and molotov cocktails, demanded total debt forgiveness and achieved some limited success. Julieta Ojeda, a member of Mujeres Creando, explains that "in reality the financial institutions were committing usury and extortion, cheating people and exploiting their ignorance, making them sign contracts that they didn’t understand." Mujeres Creando has denied that members directly participated in the occupation.
On August 15, 2002 members of Mujeres Creando and supporters involved in the production of an educational film dealing with violence in relation to women's human rights were beaten by La Paz police. The police violence was condemned by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
- ↑ Paredes, Julieta (2002). Quiet Rumors: An Anarch-Feminist Reader. AK Press.
- ↑ Mujeres Creando: An interview with Julieta Ojeda of Mujeres Creando. Z Magazine (June 2002). Retrieved on August 6, 2006.
- ↑ Bolivia: debtors armed with dynamite and molotovs. Workers Solidarity (June 2002). Retrieved on August 6, 2006.
- ↑ Video Crew Assaulted, Jailed: Defend The Right To Freedom Of Expression. International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (August 2002). Retrieved on August 6, 2006.
- Official Website - MujeresCreando.com (in Spanish)
- Mujeres Creando: An interview with Julieta Ojeda of Mujeres Creando
- Mujeres Creando paints Bolivia, By Tom Kruse (1999)