Social issues

Bolivia’s Powerful Cholitas

29 Apr, 2020 | Catalina Ugalde

Cholitas are indigenous Quechua-Aymara women who are identifiable because of the traditional Bolivian pollera skirts they wear. These women are the face of resilience. In many cases, unsupported, u...

Bolivia under lockdown

29 Apr, 2020 | Patricio Crooker

As Bolivia approaches the end of its quarantine, cases of COVID-19 in the country and the world are still growing. Government officials will be reassessing the situation to decide if the strict meas...

Health Matters

29 Apr, 2020 | Anneli Aliaga and George Fearnley

A view into the inner workings of Bolivia’s public healthcare system Images: Cristina Aliaga & Carolina QuirogaNever before have matters of health been so widely spoken about, broadcast, and pr...

We need nature more than nature needs us

29 Apr, 2020 | Anneli Aliaga and Valeria Dorado

Photos: Valeria Dorado When quarantine is no longer obligatory and we are free to roam, we will remember how much we missed exploring Bolivia’s magnificent natural landscapes. But until then, i...

‘LA BASURA MATA’

29 Apr, 2020 | Lieke Verlé

Waste management in La Paz Photo: Honor ScottIf you have walked around La Paz you may have noticed graffitti that reads ‘La basura mata, prohibido echar basura.’ The message is clear: ‘Waste k...

Changing Habits

31 Mar, 2020 | Emma Hall

Illustration: Ema HallConnecting with menstruation through the cupDuring their lifetime a menstruating person will use and throw away approximately 11,000 pads and tampons. These pads and tampons come...

Clubes De Ciencia

02 Mar, 2020 | George Fearnley

Photo: Courtesy of Clubes de Ciencia Bolivia  A catalyst for science education in BoliviaIn January 2020, Clubes de Ciencia Bolivia hosted its fifth-annual event. Participants took part...

La Saya No Es Todo

02 Mar, 2020 | Rhiannon Matthias

Photos: Rhiannon Matthias Afro-Bolivians struggle for recognition of their place in Bolivian historyThis year marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Law 200 of the Bolivian Constitutio...

Rainbows of Revolution

02 Mar, 2020 | Anneli Aliaga

Photo: Michael Dunn [www.michaeldunca.com] The history and significance of the wiphala in the Bolivian imaginary. There is minimal, if any, concrete historical evidence of the origin of...

Connecting to the Roots From the Roots

02 Mar, 2020 | Rhiannon Matthias

Photos:  Rhiannon Matthias An Afro-Bolivian entrepreneur brings braids to the fashion forefront Afrobolivianidad is often presented as being defined by saya and discrimination. The...

The Elegant Andean Condor

02 Mar, 2020 | Lauren Minion

A female Andean Condor sweeps over herterritory in search of food, using warm aircurrents to save energy.Photos: Lauren Minion This big bird is threatened by habitat loss and human aggressionThe...

The Online Presence and Production of Jiccha

02 Mar, 2020 | Anneli Aliaga

Photo: Anneli Aliaga  How a small group of Aymara academics managed to take Bolivia’s social-media outlets by stormFor many years, Bolivia’s academic content and political proposals wer...

The Chimanes of Maraca’tunsi, Bolivia, after their Sacred Hill was taken from them

03 Jan, 2020 | Karen Gil

Santos contemplates the space where his house was back in the 1990s, now it is full of bushes and trees. Photos: Manuel Seoane The Chiman people cannot be understood outwith the context of t...

The legitimisation and consolidation of the qamiris

03 Jan, 2020 | Caroline Risacher

Photos: Manuel Seoane The Aymara business elite in modern Bolivia  Just 15 years ago, Aymara, Quechua and other indigenous people in Bolivia regularly suffered open discrimination, including being ba...

The kharisiri of the Altiplano

11 Dec, 2019 | Caroline Risacher

Illustration: Hugo L. Cuéllar @hugolcuellar A history of colonisation, repression and exploitation manifests itself as a mythical beast The kharisiri, also known as the khari-khari and lik’i...