At least four challenges mark the commemoration of Bolivian Women's Day

The fight against violence, labor and economic equality, access to employment and the distribution of household chores are some of the challenges that mark Bolivian Women’s Day, which is celebrated on October 11th.

Added to this is the crisis triggered by the pandemic, which has worsened various aspects of women’s lives, said Juana Olivera, director of the Integral Women’s Training Institute (IFFI), at an event marking the 40th anniversary of the facility last Friday.

Olivera noted that the pandemic is having three effects: exacerbating violence against women, deepening the care crisis and the lack of job opportunities.

According to the Gender Observatory and the Women’s Coordinator, the country follows a “dramatic pattern of violence” against women: every three days a woman loses her life to sexist violence. Prosecutors pointed out that as of October 4, 89 feminicides had been reported.

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In a discussion on 39 years of democracy, sociologist Sonia Montaño commented that feminicide and violence against this population group have increased in recent years. He also noted that while there were rules to promote parity and variety in politics, this was not enough.

“The quantity or the numerical presence is not enough if there is no political autonomy for women,” said Montaño.

She stressed that there was a tendency to view women’s participation as a concession to a minority, when in reality women’s contribution was much more important.

The amendment to Law 348, which calls for more resources to combat violence and grants women access to credit, is named as a further challenge.

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Today is Bolivian Women’s Day under Legislative Decree 7352 of October 5, 1965. The Ministry of Labor offers half a day’s vacation annually, in strict accordance with the current norm of Legislative Decree 7352, the Ministry of Labor reported.

Labor Director General Arturo Alessandri claimed that the universe of the country’s working population is about 4.5 million, and of this population at least 50 percent are women, i.e. more than 2.2 million women are blue-collar workers.

All public and private institutions employing women are required to provide half-time leave at 100 percent of their salary.


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