Eduardo Leal

Documentary Photographer
    
Cholita's Rise
Location: Ponta Delgada, Azores
Nationality: Portuguese
Biography: Eduardo Leal is a Portuguese documentary photographer based in Macau, China, that focus his work mostly in South East Asia. Previously he worked for several years in South America. He graduated in Journalism at Escola Superior de Jornalismo (ESJ)... read on
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Cholita's Rise
Credits: eduardo leal
Date of Work: 10/31/14 - 04/12/17
Updated: 01/16/18
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
As recently as 10 years ago, Bolivia’s indigenous Aymara and Quechua women were socially ostracized and systematically marginalized. Known as “cholitas” (an initially derogatory term which members of the community have re-appropriated and now use with pride), these women—recognizable by their wide skirts, braided hair, and bowler hats—were banned from using public transportation or entering certain public spaces. Their career opportunities, meanwhile, were severely limited, with most becoming either housecleaners or roadside vendors. While these women have been organizing and advocating for their rights since at least the 1960s, their movement was invigorated by Evo Morales’s election, in 2006, as Bolivia’s first indigenous president. Ever since that historic moment, many of the country’s “cholitas” began taking pride in their traditional identity and further asserting their rights as members of Bolivia's society.

Portraying their accomplishments not only is a way to celebrate their success but also a way to inspire others to follow their path not only in Bolivia but also in other countries around the world where women suffer the same discrimination and unequal opportunities that the indigenous women of Bolivia once had and in many cases still do.

 
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Afterquake

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Ghost Town Democracy

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Copa do Povo

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The Island

By Eduardo Leal / Lençois do Maranhão, Brazil — Surrounded by sand and lagoons in Lençois do Maranhão National Park, an area that stretches 155 thousand..
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Wrestling Cholitas

By Eduardo Leal / La Paz, Bolivia — Every Sunday afternoon on the city of El Alto, once merely suburb of the city of La Paz situated at 4,150..
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Forcados

By Eduardo Leal / Portugal — Portuguese forcados lie somewhere between the bull riders of the Americas and the bloodier bullfighters of..
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Plastic Trees

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Victims & Heroes

By Eduardo Leal / Colombia — Colombia’s armed conflict, which started in the 1960’s, might be close to an end. After almost four years..
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Bolivian Dreams

By Eduardo Leal / La Paz, Bolivia — Linked to the celebration of the harvest and the arrival of the rains in the La Paz region, the Alasitas..
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