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A safe city for women and girls in El Alto, Bolivia

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Most women and girls are told to stay inside after dark for their safety, it’s one of the pitfalls of living in the sprawling city of El Alto. Once a desolate bedroom community just 15 km away from the Bolivian capital, La Paz, El Alto is the country’s second-biggest and fastest growing city.

Ask a Senator: How does Bolivia have such a high representation of women in politics, and why is it important to include women’s voices in politics?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Women account for 53.1 per cent of Parliamentarians in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the third-highest percentage globally. Adriana Salvatierra, a role model to many, became the fourth woman to be elected as the President of the Senate Chambers of Bolivia this year. The 29-year-old is also the youngest to hold this position in the country, and in Latin America.

Across Latin America, women fight back against violence in politics

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Currently, Latin America is leading globally in local and parliamentary positions held by women. But the journey to political participation is fraught with rising violence and intimidation against women in politics. In the age of #MeToo, we bring you the voices of Latin American women who are raising their voices and running for office, against all odds.

Take five: “Legal reform did not change patriarchal systems or machismo culture overnight”

Monday, November 5, 2018

Katia Uriona is the former President of the Electoral Tribunal of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Before that, as the Executive Secretary of the national Women’s Coordinator (Coordinadora de la Mujer), Uriona played an instrumental role in advocating for Law 243 on violence against women in politics in 2012. With the support from UN Women and other organizations, she gave an important drive to the Observatory of Parity Democracy. In March 2018, Ms. Uriona took part in an Expert Group Meeting on violence against women in politics co-organized by UN Women and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Most recently, the Electoral Tribunal conducted a country wide consultative process which informed a draft Bill on Political Organizations. The new Law on Political Organizations (Law 1096) approved by the Bolivia’s Plurinational Legislative Assembly on 1 September 2018, is aligned with the constitutional principles of parity and intercultural democracy.

“No job is impossible for women”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sixty-three-year-old Salomé Miranda is among the emerging group of women construction workers of La Paz, Bolivia. Miranda started working at age seven and received no schooling, like many other indigenous girls in her community. She survived an abusive marriage and with the help of the Association of Women Construction Workers, carved out a new life for herself and her children. Today, she dreams of building her own construction company.

From child labourer to women’s rights defender

Friday, June 10, 2016

In Bolivia, after studying at the UN Women-supported School for Women Leaders, an indigenous Aymara woman managed to overcome a childhood and adolescence of labour exploitation to become an advocate for women's rights.

Photo essay: They were not at the Beijing Conference, but...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Some were not even born in 1995. That was the year when the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action took shape. But their voices are no less relevant. Four passionate youth activists shared what gender equality means to them. We weave together some of their ideas for action and thoughts on what the Beijing Platform for Action means to them –a generation later– and how youth are a part of that change.

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

Thursday, December 11, 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.”

UN Women Representative appointed Minister of Equality in Sweden

Friday, October 3, 2014

UN Women’s Representative in Bolivia, Åsa Regnér, has been appointed as Sweden’s new Minister for Children, Elderly and Equality, newly elected Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced yesterday.

Speech by Lakshmi Puri at an International Meeting ahead of the G77 Summit

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Keynote address by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the International Meeting ahead of the G77 Summit: “Women’s Proposals for a New World Order”, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 29 May 2014.

Football unites President of Bolivia, diplomats and top officials to End Violence against Women

Thursday, September 26, 2013

President of Bolivia Evo Morales, top officials and ambassadors to the UN took time out during the General Assembly today to play a football match to support the Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.

Domestic workers’ rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

Friday, June 14, 2013

As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected.

Bolivia Approves a Landmark Law against Harassment of Women Political Leaders

Monday, June 11, 2012

On 14 May, Bolivia's Legislative Assembly finally gave the green light to the Law against Harassment and Political Violence against Women, a ground-breaking law to protect women and their political participation. It responds to an urgent need: in the past eight years Bolivian police have received more than 4,000 complaints of harassment from women participating in politics; many more incidents are likely to have gone unreported.

UN Women working towards a sustainable future

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Women play a central role in advancing sustainable development. Everyday women take decisions that impact sustainable development—be it the use of land, water, energy, or forests or through their contributions to their families and the economy. If they have equal access to resources and opportunities and are part of the decision-making processes, women can become drivers of sustainable development. In partnership with women, their communities, and grassroots organizations, UN Women supports many initiatives that promote sustainable development solutions.

Rural Women in Bolivia Make Their Demands Heard, and Their Presence Felt

Thursday, February 23, 2012

They work around the clock, searching for firewood at dawn, lighting the morning fire, fetching water, growing and preparing food, caring for children and other family members — along with the endless other tasks and chores that keep a household running. Yet although these functioning households lie at the heart of Bolivian society, the contribution of rural women to the economy remains largely unacknowledged.

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