Lucrecia Huayhua Choque, an Indigenous Aymara woman, was sent away from her community in Cocapacabana at the age of eight to the city of La Paz where she worked long hours without pay. She returned to her community at the age of 22, when she was forced into marriage. After a lifetime of difficulties, she was selected to participate in the UN-funded School for Women Leaders, where she learned about women’s rights and gender equality. Now she is a passionate advocate for women, traveling to various urban and rural communities to fight against violence and exploitation with education. Photo credit: OMAK