Bolivia

In Bolivia, in the Aymara communities of the high Andean mountains, women often have a hard life and a subordinate position compared to men. Women have little political or economic power and thus often end up victims of violence and discrimination. Gender inequality is reflected both within families and in wider communities. Illiteracy is common in these communities, as not everyone has had the opportunity to be educated. Inter-Cultur has been working in Bolivia since 2014 with indigenous peoples and local partner AYNI to support women smallholder farmers. Inter-Cultur's activities aim to address the above-mentioned problems and support women's equal participation in community life and their leadership.

The different projects that Inter-Cultur and AYNI have organized with the support of Finnish Foreign Ministry have provided training to the women of Aymara communities. The training has been focused on small-scale farming and has offered them a chance to put up greenhouses. Given the high altitudes and dry climate in which these communities live, the greenhouses are vital for food production in the area. In addition to economic growth, the farming supports gender equality and personal empowerment. The training has offered the women a way to strengthen their position in the community and family. In addition to small-scale farming, gender-equality has been promoted in workshops on equality, where men and women both participate in. Inter-Cultur has also supported the founding of women's organizations as a way to increase the women's agency as societal actors in local communities.

Inter-Cultur's project in Bolivia has been planned to support and align wiht many international, natioanl and local development goals. Regarding the UN’s Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the projects are especially focused on promoting gender equality, quality of education and ending poverty. These goals are also highlighted in the development policies of Finnish Foreign Ministry.

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