We are proud of our collaboration with women's rights organisations in Bolivia, where we have worked since 1990.

During this time, we have supported the work of several women's rights partners. For example, Red Ada promoted the political participation of indigenous women and opposed gender-based political violence and harassment; Centro de Promoción de la Mujer Gregoria Apaza established vibrant groups of young people who promote sexual and reproductive rights and health and challenge violence against women; and Tahipampu trained and supported the Association of Mothers’ Centres in their work against domestic violence.

Although Bolivia is not a current Womankind focus country, as our strategy is about working in greater depth to have the biggest impact possible, we continue to network, share learning and funding opportunities with our partners in Bolivia and we advocate at the international level, alongside and in solidarity with partners across our network.

Below are some highlights of how we have supported our women's rights partners in Bolivia:

Promoting rights, challenging violence

Indigenous women in Bolivia face particularly high levels of discrimination and violence. This makes it very difficult for them to take part in politics and make it into leadership positions.

Working with the Centro de Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer Aymara (CDIMA), we have:

  • Provided indigenous women with skills and knowledge about their rights, and raising awareness of women’s rights generally
  • Trained young indigenous women leaders to participate in politics and challenge discrimination, changing not only their attitudes, but men’s too
  • Created women’s Justice and Rights Committees to report cases of violence to judiciary bodies
  • Established Women Free from Violence Committees to collect and analyse information on women’s political participation and track incidences of violence against women
  • Lobbied decision-makers to take action to stop violence against women.
“I came to CDIMA to learn how to become a leader. I have learned a lot about women’s rights, violence against women and political participation. I hope to, someday, become, with CDIMA’s support, a council representative or take on another position of authority.” Rita

Strengthening reproductive health and rights

Bolivia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Latin America. The poor state of the country’s healthcare system plays a role in this, but discrimination is a major part too.

Sex education is based on misinformation and sexist prejudices, leading to unwanted pregnancies, sexual harassment, sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

Plus, young people have limited access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as they’re classed as ‘minors’, not proper citizens.

We worked with Gregoria Apaza and other local organisations on:

  • Increasing young women’s awareness of and access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights
  • Raising awareness among the wider community and government about the importance of sexual health rights and services
  • Building partnerships with educational and health institutions to deliver training on sexual and reproductive health and rights to young people
  • Working with young people to challenge traditional beliefs and attitudes around women’s rights

Find out more about the project, which finished in 2017.

Our impact in Bolivia

Thanks to our partnership with women’s organisations in Bolivia:

  • A landmark law was passed in May 2012 tackling harassment of female political leaders.
  • More women are participating in politics as elected council women, ministers and union leaders.
  • More indigenous female journalists are broadcasting information on women’s rights.
  • There are eight Justice and Rights Committees in rural areas to challenge and prevent violence against women.
  • More than 281 young people, 835 parents and teachers, and 318 health service providers have learned about the importance of sexual and reproductive rights and services.
  • 119 young people are now ‘change-makers’, spreading the word about women’s rights to more than 8,600 of their peers.

Find out more about our impact