Promoting the rights of indigenous women and students to a life free of violence and discrimination in the municipalities of Ravelo and Ocuri

Bolivia

Justification

According to data from the Coordinator of women in Bolivia in 2016, 104 femicides against women were presented. According to the Women’s Information and Development Center (CIDEM), between March 2013 and October 2015, 270 feminicides were reported in Bolivia, of which only 24 had a conviction, while the rest are still in the investigation phase. The departments that concentrated the highest number of murders of women at the hands of their partners or ex-partners were La Paz (northwest) with 28 cases, Cochabamba (center) with 27 and Santa Cruz (east) with 21, while in Potosí (south ) there were 8. In Oruro (southwest) there were 6 registered femicides, in Chuquisaca (south) 5, in Tarija (south) 5, in Beni (northeast) 3 and in Pando (north) 1. (Source: Information Center and Women’s Development of the Women’s Coordinator, 2015). Due to the data on violence against women (femicides) reached in the country, it has led civil society organizations to demand that the national government and the governments and municipalities declare a national alert to promote actions, so that more resources are allocated and steps are taken to better tackle the fight against violence against women, especially on the issue of femicide. The reality of the municipalities of Ravelo and Ocuri has as one of its characteristics discrimination against women within the family, community and other private and public institutions of society (such as schools, churches, health centers and the media ) for being a woman, for being indigenous and for being poor.

Location

Potosí Department, Bolivia

Local Partner

IPTK (Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute)

Goals

General Objective: Contribute to gender equality and decrease violence against girls, boys, adolescents and women through inclusive and equitable education with the participation of women’s organizations that guarantee and make effective the Right to a life free of violence, decreasing the inequality and social exclusion gaps. Specific Objective: Exercise the Right to a life free of violence against women, adolescents, girls and boys by articulating with the education that prevents and attends it, with the participation and involvement of local actors from the municipalities of Ravelo and Ocuri.

Leading population

(303 mujeres y 207 varones).

Project duration

Budget

Financing

TAU, Government of Cantabria (€ 119,999.79)

Activities:

  • Training of women leaders so that they know their Rights, improve their self-esteem and carry out advocacy with a proposal for the exercise of their Rights and a life free of violence.
  • Strengthening of women’s productive associations in their production units (textiles, embroidery, bakery) in their quality of production and marketing mechanisms, for the generation, availability and control of economic resources, which will allow them to reduce the economic dependence on their partner and to leave being a victim of violence to their Rights.
  • Work with high school education students, women and men, both rural, to form, organize in student committees, engage and mobilize for the prevention of violence against women and coexistence with gender equality.
  • Teacher-oriented work (teachers and administrative staff).
  • Strengthening of SLIMs, at the same time that proposals for articulation between educational centers and SLIMs will be prepared, which will be presented to both municipal governments and the Ministry of Education to be institutionalized and replicated to contribute to regulatory compliance.