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"Agitadoras" Weaving Solidarity and Autonomous Alliances
Trajectories tell a lot of how women do activism together in a group called Mujeres Creando. Facing change and continuity in Bolivia’s contemporary political scenario, this feminist social movement forged strong alliances and weaved a fabric of solidarity among women of diverse identities, social classes, ethnic groups, and other kinds of difference. Founded in 1992 by three women, María Galindo, Julieta Paredes and Mónica Mendoza, Mujeres Creando has established its roots in La Paz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, two major Bolivian cities, where it activates women’s everyday lives as a vital element of its practice, described as creative and based in callejera (street-oriented) actions. In this paper I try to show how affections along trajectories, solidarity and political fight strategies for social change are entangled in this particular context, by describing some of the group members trajectories and how they are related to their political action. Pursuing the utopia of social change, they choose “to be happy as a revenge” because of their belief that one can only make a difference when one “undo the world’s order and then create new relations”. Therefore, political actions as graffiti, expositions, protests, interviews, performances, movies, and many more are meant to disturb routine in order to create new ones.