Although Bolivia is a middle-income country, a large part of the population still lives in poverty and access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is limited.
Abortion is available under certain circumstances, but stigma and shame surrounding it and a poor health system makes access limited. The Bolivian Constitution prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people, but in practice discrimination is widespread. Access to sexuality education is limited.
RFSU is working with the following organisations:
Colectivo Rebeldía (CR)
is an activist organisation with a clear feminist perspective. The organisation fights for women's right to make autonomous decisions about their sexuality and reproduction. CR is also one of the founders of the September 28 Campaign for the decriminalization of abortion, and is an active member of the National Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (Mesa Nacional). The purpose of CR's project is to encourgae women of indigenous, urban and suburban organisations in the department of Santa Cruz to demand and suggest proposals that guarantee the exercise of their SRHR.
CIES – Salud Sexual y Reproductiva
aims to increase access to comprehensive sexuality education in primary school settings as well as providing youth-friendly health services in the area of SRHR. The organisation also seeks to strengthen the capacity of the education sector on sexuality education, particularly the Ministry of Education in developing the national plan and sexuality education curriculum. RFSU has vast experience of sexuality education and advocacy on school curricula, which provides a good basis for a strong partnership and capacity building.
CDD - Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir
works to improve access to safe and legal abortion in Bolivia by advocating for enhanced implementation of the existing legislation and decriminalization of abortions. With its strong commitment to safe and legal abortions, strategic access to decision-makers as well as grass-roots organisations and strong advocacy skills, CDD is a leading advocate for the right to safe and legal abortion in Bolivia.
CDC - Capacitación y Derechos Ciundadanos
was originally an organization focused on human rights. Today, it is one of the leading institutions of LGBTQI rights in Bolivia. CDC has extensive experience and knowledge of legal rights for LGBTQ persons at both national and international levels. The CDC is part of RFSU's capacity-enhancing initiative Learning for Change.
CDH - Comunidad de Derechos Humanos
CDH works to follow up global and regional human rights mechanisms within SRHR. They also carry out advocacy work with authorities to make recommendations from such mechanisms a reality. CDH's work will also focus on the training of public servants who are responsible for the application of existing laws regarding SRHR.