Womankind in Bolivia
In 2010 Womankind directly supported over 682 women to improve their lives and indirectly impacted the lives of over 24,000 women in Bolivia through far reaching projects that work to:
- Eliminate the high levels of violence against women.
- Raise women’s voices in decision making and empowering women to learn and exercise their rights.
To achieve this Womankind is working together with partner women’s organisations in two main ways:
Eliminating the high levels of violence against women
Violence against women’s rates are high in Bolivia, particularly amongst indigenous and peasant women who in addition face historical levels of discrimination and exclusion from the Bolivian society.
- 64.1% of women are survivors of form of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
- The number of reported cases of domestic violence increased from 44,326 in 2004 to 67,968 in 2008.
What Womankind is doing
We are working to ensure that traditionally excluded indigenous and peasant women are able to claim their right to a life free from violence by using the following strategies:
- Empowering excluded women by providing them with the skills to fully exercise their rights
- Increasing public awareness around violence against women (including gender-based political violence) and women’s rights
Raising women’s voices in decision making
Although Bolivia has made some significant steps towards the advancement of women’s rights, in practice greater female political participation has been undermined by cultural norms and practices that limit women’s capacity to fully benefit from their political rights.
What Womankind is doing
We aim is to boost indigenous and peasant women’s participation by building the skills of indigenous peasant women to have a meaningful role in politics by:
- Working with local governments to bring about informed policies and practices that guarantee the rights of indigenous and peasant women
- Creating supportive local grassroots networks to help women shape policies that best reflect their own needs and concerns
How you can help
- £460 could pay for 55 Aymara women to attend a 3 day training workshop, enabling them to educate other women in their communities on women’s rights, violence and leadership.
- £575 could strengthen the skills of 350 indigenous women through the development of a leadership manual, enabling them to participate in politics and challenge discrimination and exclusion.