Before identifying her face, I already recognized her name. Like many people, I had seen her books and knew that Isabel Allende was a great Chilean writer.
When I was 12 years old, my mother gave me La Ciudad de las Bestias (City of the Beasts), and one scene stays with me: it ends saying, “(…) happiness consists of achieving what we have been waiting so long for.” These words echo strongly if considered in the context of women’s rights. Happiness is put on hold while we wait to be treated without violence, with dignity, respect and in an equal way.
Isabel Allende has actively contributed from different spaces, so that a part of that happiness reaches women and girls around the world. Her work as an internationally-renowned Latin American writer makes her an inspiration for young people around the globe. Did you know that Isabel Allende is one of Chile’s ten most recognized cultural figures abroad? Her stories have been translated into more than forty languages, adapted for television, and millions of copies of her books have been sold.
Alongside her impressive literary presence, Isabel chooses to go beyond letters. She is also a women’s rights activist. Since 1996, she has led the Fundación Isabel Allende, in memory of her daughter. This initiative seeks to guarantee reproductive rights, economic independence, and protection against violence for women and girls.
Uniting activism and writing, Isabel Allende is an inspiring woman who, for years, has directed her actions to creating a future where women are the leaders and spokespersons for change. A future where we can achieve that long-awaited happiness, and the dreams of little girls can blossom.
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