This week the Thomson Reuters Foundation explained with statistics that Lima is the fifth most dangerous city in the world to be a woman. As if to illustrate why, the host of a Radio Planeta program advised his audience of gentlemen what to mobile phone number list do when a girl doesn't listen to us: "If the skinny girl doesn't want to," he explained, "you beat her up and that's it." I mean, you put a pill in her drink and proceed to rape her. XI. Gladys Tejeda grew up running not to be late for classes, in the Peruvian Andes, and now she is one of the most resilient mobile phone number list human beings on the planet. She is a chola, a teacher by profession, and her winning diet includes maca, máchica, and chuño.
As a child, I used to run a kilometer and mobile phone number list a half to go to school, in Junín, like so many children from the mountains that Peruvians from the city see, we see, from the windows of the cars when we cross that “far away” country where we cholos come from. Gladys' strength is not just physical. When you are poor, life trains you without mobile phone number list your permission.
The paradox is dangerous. Debuffs can either destroy mobile phone number list your talent or cultivate it. Gladys won her first competition at age 11 and gave the prize (50 soles) to her mother. 20 years later, that same girl has won the Mexican marathon for the second time and now she dedicates the victory to Peru, that extremely rare country where we cholos are still viewed with suspicion or disdain, and despite this, or perhaps because that tirelessly produces universal cholos and cholas (from Garcilaso to Vallejo, to Yma Súmac, to Tejeda).