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Rigoberta Menchú Tum

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Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work for social justice and the ethno-cultural reconciliation of peoples in her native Guatemala. At 33, she became the youngest person and the first indigenous person ever to receive the prize. Menchú went on to serve as the official spokesperson for the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous Peoples from 1994 to 2003, and established the Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation, which promotes the rights of indigenous people around the world. she is author of I, Rigoberta Menchu and Rigoberta: La Nieta de los Mayas. www.rigobertamenchu.org

When you touch the power, you are different. You are very, very different.

I didn’t buy votes – that was a victory.

I am not a product.

Sometimes women do not support each other.

The most important thing is to show women that they have a very important mission in this world. Victory is every day.

I would get up in the morning and I would say, “How am I going to bother them today?”

Women are bought, votes are bought, children are sold and bought.

Corruption is everywhere on every level, from the highest level, to the highest level.

We still have a conscience and we have to rescue it. I will never be corrupted.

I am very happy to be here. I am strong.

In every country the poor people don’t have power.

The world today has a very poor quality of life when women accept many things that we shouldn’t.

The only way we can help women is by educating them.

We never take revenge because we are one in union with nature.

When one feels angry one should just go and take a walk and talk off your shoes, sit by the river and listen it. And then the anger will go away.

Energy renews when one has spiritual health.

When we have suffered too much we need to find a way of healing.

It’s a very good thing to have in your house a sacred space where you can accumulate your energy.

My mother always said to me if you are fine within yourself you can help other people.

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