The rebellion of the everyday: Generous women who are changing Latin America*

Reviewed by Artemisa Castro Félix, executive director, Fondo Acción Solidaria, AC (FASOL), Mexico

It is impossible not to be moved by the work of the beautiful women portrayed in this book who, despite their differences, have similar stories and seek freedom. The 23 women profiled are among 87 nominees from 13 different countries of Latin America for Proyecto ELLAS’ Generous Awards. The awards celebrate and honour women who challenge the world and incite members of their communities to the daily rebellion referred to in the title and are among the millions of women in the region working to change the living conditions of their families, their communities, and themselves.

I welcome the fact that there are people and organisations willing to meet these women and make their struggles visible, like the authors of this book and the Global Fund for Community Foundations which supported its publication. Without them, their stories would remain untold, yet, as the authors argue, ‘they are leading the most important changes in the communities of the region’. The women nominated for the awards come from different backgrounds and contend with different problems, but one thing unites them: they seegender inequality as one of the greatest political problems of our time’.

The book confirms to me the importance of working together, so that the small voices of the groups of women fighting for socio-environmental justice for their communities, like those that we in Fondo Acción Solidaria in Mexico support, can resonate throughout Latin America. As Teresita del Pilar Cabrera from Ecuador, one of the women featured in the book remarks, ‘it is good to know that we are many who, every day, work to improve the situation of women in every corner, in every city, in every country in Latin America.’

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