Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2022- ‘Lucky Dip’ – #Espagnol #English – First Black Woman Vice President of Colombia by Rebecca Cuningham

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’. I have posts scheduled for another few weeks but that will bring this current series to an end. Another series will begin in the new year.

Today bi-lingual author and blogger Rebecca Cuningham celebrates the appointment of the first Black woman appointed as Vice President of Columbia, Francia Márquez

Francia Márquez Photo: Instagram of Francia Márquez

First Black Woman Vice President of Colombia

Francia Márquez, was the first Black woman elected to the office of vice president of Colombia.

She is an internationally known environmental activist who has won several prestigious awards. Francia Márquez won the Goldman Environmental award in 2018 for her work against illegal gold mining on the Ovejas River near La Toma in southwest Colombia . She led a 10 day 350 mile march of 80 women from La Toma to the capital. Illegal miners use mercury and cyanide to process gold, poisoning rivers and killing fish. The river is key to life: fish and water for the Afro-descendant Colombians who have made their home by the river for over 300 years. The protest Márquez led was successful in garnering attention to the problem and the miners have left the La Toma area.

In 2019, the BBC listed Márquez as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.

She worked her way through University, and earned her law degree in 2020 from Santiago University in Cali. Márquez ran for president in the March 2022 primary, and won second place after Gustavo Petro. She then joined his ticket as vice-president and they won in the second run-off. Her focii are to fight for Afro-Colombian’s rights, for women’s rights and for the environment.

Congratulations on her well deserved success.

¡Olé! –Rebecca

Francia Márquez Photo: Instagram of Francia Márquez

Primera vice-presidenta negra colombiana

El domingo, 20 junio, Francia Márquez, la primera mujer negra para tener la oficina de vice presidenta de Colombia comenzó su posición elegida.

Ell es una activista conocida internacionalmente que ganó varios premios prestigiosos. Francia Márquez recibió el Premio Goldman del Ambiente Natural en 2018 por su trabajo en contra de la minería ilegal de oro en el Río Overgas cerca de La Toma en el suroeste de Colombia. Ella lideraba una marcha de 10 días y 350 millas (560 K) de 80 mujeres desde La Toma hasta el capital. Mineros ilegales usan mercurio y cianuro para procesar el oro, envenenando los ríos y matando a los peces. El río es clave para la vida de las personas afrodescendientes que vivían cerca del río por más de 300 años. La protesta Márquez lideró tuvo éxito en llamar atención al problema y los mineros han dejado de trabajar cerca de La Toma.

En 2019 está nombrada como una de las 100 mujeres más influyentes del mundo según la BBC.

Trabajaba y estudiaba en la Universidad Santiago de Cali más recientemente. Se graduó de la Facultad de Derecho en 2020. Márquez era candidata para presidenta colombiana en marzo de 2022. Cuando ganó segundo lugar, se juntó con Gustavo Petro como vice-presidenta. Ellos ganaron la segunda elección presidencial. La vice-presidenta tiene tres focos: los derechos de personas afro-descendientes, de mujeres y del ambiente natural.

Felicidades en su éxito bien merecido.

¡Olé! –Rebecca

©Rebecca Cuningham 2022

About Rebecca Cuningham

Rebecca Cuningham has published poems in English in Bad News Bingo #12, B. Goddess Edition and Spanish in Adelante, a Holt, Rinehart & Winston middle school textbook. After graduate school, she worked in the World Languages Department of Holt, Rinehart & Winston, where she wrote and edited a 100-page Spanish Exploratory Guide. Rebecca tells Spain stories at live audience Madison Moth events. Her short stories in Spanish are included in Juglares de Conchalí, a Chilean anthology. Supergringa: A Spain Travel Memoir is her debut book-length work.

Rebecca lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and their bilingual child.

Connect to Rebecca Blog: Fake FlamencoTwitter: @RebeccawriterLinkedIn: Rebecca Cuningham


My thanks to Rebecca for allowing me to share posts from her archives and I know she would love to hear from you.


35 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2022- ‘Lucky Dip’ – #Espagnol #English – First Black Woman Vice President of Colombia by Rebecca Cuningham

  1. Márquez sounds like a remarkable woman, and how wonderful to have a resolute humanitarian in Columbia’s governmental leadership. I think that makes such a huge difference in shaping a country’s future. Thanks so much for the good news post, Rebecca. A lovely pull from the archives, Sally. 🙂

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  2. Congratulations to Ms. President. Yes, it has to go one changing the world and nations to better. I also think this clubs with the old white haired men are too busy with other things, and not always able to connect with the citizens’s needs. 😉 hugsx Michael

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