Rosa Julieta Montaño Salvatierra

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Rosa Julieta Montaño Salvatierra (Bolivia) received the International Women of Courage Award in 2015.

Julieta Montaño (born 16 August 1946) is a Bolivian lawyer, a human rights defender, and a writer.[1] In 2015 she won the US State Department's International Women of Courage Award.[2][3]

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Rosa Julieta Montaño Salvatierra was born 16 August 1946 in Quillacoll, Bolivia. She finished her Bachelor's degree in Humanities at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in 1965. She finished her law degree at the same university in 1972. She finished Master's degrees in human rights and political science at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón and University of Huelva in Huelva, Spain.[4][5] She finished her doctorate degree in human rights at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. [6][7]

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Montaño was the Vice President of the Human Rights Assembly of Bolivia and the Comptroller of Cochabamba, Bolivia. From 1997 to 2002 she was in the Chamber of Deputies representing the Cochabamba Department.[4] In 1981, during the Bolivian Cocaine Coup, Montaño was the head of the Union de Mujeres de Bolivia (Union of Bolivian Women). She was arrested, and stayed in her house, under house arrest.[8] Montaño returned to her work in 1981, after the end of the dictatorship.[9]

On 11 April 1985 Montaño started the Oficina Jurídica para la Mujer (Legal Office for Women) to promote women’s rights and fight violence against women. The organization has helped more than 30,000 women. It has also worked with the Bolivian legislature to make laws to protect women.[10]

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  1. "AWIU » 2015 IWOC Awardees".
  2. "Biographies of 2015 Award Winners".
  3. https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/03/05/state-department-honors-international-women-of-courage
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Resumen de curriculum vitae" (in Spanish). Organization of American States. 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  5. "CEJIL's Board of Directors". http://cejil.org. Retrieved 12 March 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  6. "ICACH - Noticias".
  7. "2015 International Women of Courage Award Winners - International Women of Courage Celebration".
  8. "The Americas: The Republic of Bolivia". Amnesty International Report 1981 (London: Amnesty International Publications) 1 May 1980 to 30 April 1981: 118. 1981. https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/POL1000011981ENGLISH.PDF. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  9. Wagner, Maria Luise (December 1989). "Transition to Democracy". A Country Study: Bolivia. Library of Congress. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  10. "Montaño: Violencia contra mujeres aumenta "en cantidad y crueldad" en Bolivia" (in Spanish). Vida Latina San Diego. Efe. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.