Published: 06 December 2010


She only speaks spanish and she has long hairs and a pair of small glasses. She stands on a big stage with official and well-dressed guests and she appears not so diplomatic or officially trained for this kind of events. Eva Gamboa comes from the real life: nothing concerning diplomacy or political meetings, just life and problems and discrimination of minorities that are still fighting to have a real recognition.  

“It’s so important for us to be here, to have been invited to this event. Our main struggle, the fight of me and my sisters and brothers, is to be seen, to show to the world that we exist.”

Eva Gamboa is a member of the National Council of Indigenous Women and she comes from Argentina. When she is speaking of her population and their problems, she just call them “hermanos”, which means brothers, people with your same blood and the same values.

“What we ask to our government”, Eva said, “is not to have a different State inside the State, but to have the possibility to really participate to the political life. There are many of us that cannot speak Spanish and neither write or read the alphabet, we need projects and concrete actions which could let everybody to be a responsible member of the government.”

The main question, as usual in these Development Days, is: what can Europe really do for this community of people?

“Escuchar nosotros”. Eva just put emotions and feelings in each word, she has the power of the truth and of the genuineness, the one which doesn’t need other words to make it understand in a better way. “We just ask to be listened. Listen to us, come in our country not with projects, but with the real idea to listen to what we need. We are just asking respect: respect of life, of dignity, of soul, nothing more.”

And what is respect?

“It’s not a word, for sure. It’s a value, a one that you cannot ignore. Member of our community are dead defending our rights: this cannot be possible anymore. I am here representing in particular the women of my community, because they are still the weakest part of the system and the more affected by discriminating actions. We need to protect our women and to be here, in Brussels in these days it’s not just an honour, it’s a way to stand up, up in your far world, and ask for a real help”.

Eva says thanks and kisses me. I have been listening  to her and this is enough to make me deserve a kiss and a warm handshake. This is how the real life works.