Casimira Rodriguez (born 1966) was the Bolivian Justice Minister from February 2006 until January 23, 2007. She is a former leader in the Domestic Workers' Union, which she helped found. Rodriguez was Bolivias first indigenous Quechua woman to serve as a government minister. She sought to reform corruption and inefficiency in the judicial system by working to build trust and humanity.
Most of Rodriguezs life has been spent as a domestic worker and as an organizer of domestic workers. At the age of 13 she was takenessentially kidnappedfrom her rural village in Mizque and brought to the city of Cochabamba to work, with the promise that she would be given in return the schooling and care her campesino parents could not provide. Instead, her supposed employers held Rodriguez in abusive servitude for two years, forcing her to work long hours with no pay.
Rodriguezs experience is the lot of many of the Quechua and Aymara women of Bolivia. Poverty draws them from rural areas to cities, where persistent racial and economic discrimination relegates them almost exclusively to domestic work.
In February 2006 Casimira Rodriguez became Bolivias new Minister of Justice. She was replaced in a cabinet change in January 2007.
In 2007 Casimira was elected to the Fellowship for her work "...breaking the pattern of exploitation, trafficking, and discrimination suffered by more than 150,000 Bolivian domestic workers"
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