- Participation of children and young people: during the last review of Bolivia, it emerged that there is a total absence of direct involvement of children in the Country, in total contradiction with their right to participation. During its 88th session, the CRC (Committee on the Rights of the Child – a group of experts that monitors and reports on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) suggested that the views of children should be taken into account in decisions that directly affect them.
- Gender-based violence: Bolivia has one of the highest rates of sexual violence against children in South America and one of the lowest reporting rates. According to recent reports, most of this violence takes place in the home or in the workplace of children. Many girls between the ages of 15 and 19 believe it is justifiable for their husbands or partners to beat them, as a normal part of a relationship.
- Child labour: In 2014, Bolivia passed a new code that lowered the minimum working age to 10. As a result, in 2015, 20.2% of children between the ages of 7 and 14 were working and engaged in some of the worst forms of child labour, including mining and sugarcane harvesting.
In a situation such as the one just described, the Project “Children’s and Women’s Rights in Bolivia: Follow up on the UN bodies recommendations” aims to improve access to Human Rights by monitoring the implementation of the UPR recommendations, focusing on gender-based violence and child labour, as well as on the right of children to participate, and encouraging the development of critical skills that allow them to effectively monitor the application of their rights. Bolivia was reviewed under the UPR in 2019 and will be reviewed by the CRC in 2021. This is a unique opportunity for Bolivian civil society organisations to promote the implementation of women’s, youth and children’s rights.
THE PROJECT IN BRIEF:
The Project is being implemented in Bolivia, a Country that has raised public concern – local and international – about the implementation of recommendations made by the UPR (Universal Periodic Review), a mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council tasked with periodically reviewing the Human Rights performance of all 193 member States.
PROJECT MAIN FIGURES:
- 3,800 direct beneficiaries and 25,200 indirect beneficiaries
- 1 online course on UPR and CRC recommendations
- 1 coordination group to monitor the recommendations
- 1 training course in formal education for adolescents and young people
- 3 workshops for adolescents and young people to develop 2 concrete action plans
- 3 awareness-raising events on how to defend children’s rights
- 20 workshops to prevent violence against women, with about 100 people per workshop
- 20 information sessions to ensure a better implementation of the national law on violence against women, with about 100 persons per session
- 1 training programme on school mediation to implement alternative methods of conflict resolution
- 150 Primary School children will be able to act as mediators for conflict resolution.
SDG: 1, 4, 5, 16
Laudato si’ goals: 2, 5, 7