I am Paola Toncich, after graduating in Development and International Cooperation and a period of training and work I left Italy for Latin America, where Bolivia welcomed me for 7 years. That was an important period for job, but also for life, during which I was able to discover the country at 360 degrees. 

Initially, I worked in food security and income generation projects in Bolivian highland communities, with particular emphasis on female empowerment. 

In the last three years, I dealt with juvenile criminal justice with a restorative approach, a different and innovative system of considering criminal acts, through the assumption of responsibility by the offender, the participation of the victims in the process of reparation and the creation of second life opportunities and social reintegration. This last element and my interest in gender issues helped me to build a store of knowledge that I will bring with me today, while I am leaving, with Mani Tese, for Guinea-Bissau, to help reintegrate and restore the dignity of women who are victims of violence. 

In this journey I still consider the defence of fundamental rights a constant and I think that if we want to build a different world, we all have to take responsibility: for this, from the verses of Mercedes Sosa I take one of my mottos: “vamos juntos a buscar una cosa pequeñita que se llama libertad”* … And then… vamos! 

*(Let’s go together and look for a little thing called freedom).