DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM
In Bolivia, domestic violence is a pervasive and mostly an underreported problem. According to the Center for the Information and Development of Women (CIDEM), 70% of women suffer some form of abuse.
CIDEM noted that their 2006 statistics "did not reflect the full magnitude of the problem of violence against women" and that "many women" did not report the aggression they faced daily. The most exhaustive national survey on domestic violence conducted by the National Statistical Institute in 2003 showed 64% of women were the target of some form of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse from their partner.
In 2013, Bolivia passed a new comprehensive domestic violence law, which outlaws many forms of abuse of women. To prevent, detect, and eradicate domestic violence that affects women, CHOICE Humanitarian is promoting education to help women and men understand their rights and duties, so everyone can exercise their rights.
This very important CHOICE program focuses on conducting educational workshops that discuss leadership and self-esteem, key strategies in preventing domestic violence, and helping villagers define the rights and duties of men and women in their families.
When we talk about gender inequality, we start from the premise of recognizing that Bolivian society has established a system of relations that are reflected in situations of discrimination, exclusion, and subordination. The current Bolivian Government recognizes the inequality between women and men and has proposed solutions.
Laws and regulations have been recently promulgated under the constitution's guidelines and are assisting in changing the current trends and attitudes but are still seen as challenges for advancing gender equity. Specific rights and affirmative action measures will be needed to advance in the construction of a more just and equitable society.
CHOICE Bolivia created this program that recognizes these terms and rights in rural Bolivian communities where gender inequality still exists. These inequalities are a significant limitation in Bolivian rural community development and CHOICE has had success in reversing the trends.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM:
- To prevent discrimination against women and vulnerable children, and train capable leaders that are unafraid to lead projects that develop their community and thus eliminate extreme poverty in Bolivia.
- Train both men and women in the community on the following terms: self-esteem, general leadership skills, the rights and duties of men and women in the family, what constitutes domestic violence, and how to prevent it.
- Strengthen male and female leadership skills in rural communities.