Hilaria Supa

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Hilaria Supa Huamán (born in the community of Wayllaqocha, Anta Province, Cusco Region, in 1957), is a human rights activist, an active member of several Indigenous women organizations in Peru and the world and a Peruvian politician. She is currently a Congresswoman representing the Cusco for the period 2006-2011, as a member of Ollanta Humala's Partido Nacionalista Peruano party.

Hilaria Supa was raised by her grandparents on her mother Helena Huamán's side, who were peasants in a hacienda or a big farm owned by rich families.

During her childhood she saw the hacendado or farm owner mistreat her grandfather and rape the local women, which had a crucial impact on her life. Her grandfather, who fought for farmers rights, was murdered in 1965. When she was only six years old, she had to travel to Arequipa, where she was forced to work as a maid but when she asked her relatives to get her back to Cusco, she found out that her grandmother had also died.

Afterward Hilaria Supa worked as a house maid in Cusco, Arequipa, and Lima. She was raped at 14 when she was working for rich families in Lima. Her partner and father of her children, died in an accident when she was 22. As a result of physical abuse and forced labor as a child, she suffers of generalized boy arthritis. She has wrote a book about her life titled "Threads of My Life" -available in Spanish, English and German, and soon in Quechua- where she tells how she become stronger facing these adversities.

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