For more than a decade, Ser Familia has developed successful programs and projects aimed at women, youth and people with disabilities, with special emphasis on female heads of household. Institutionally, it has always sought to strengthen productive capacities, leadership and the exercise of women's rights, proof of this is that 70% of the total interventions are aimed at women.
Currently, Bolivia is going through the second wave of COVID-19 and despite the efforts made, the negative impacts have had a strong impact, especially in households where women for different reasons are forced to take over the total care and maintenance of their families (children-siblings-fathers and mothers), becoming Heads of Household by obligation. According to recent research, this problem has increased by up to 30% of households, due to multiple effects of the Pandemic such as: the death of parents, husbands and other relatives, in addition to cases of abandonment, domestic violence or femicides.
Despite this dark panorama, as always happens in our country, we Bolivians keep alive the hopes of a promising future, even after this enormous crisis. However, it is necessary to highlight and take into account a conclusion of a study recently published by the World Bank (2021) that states: “The global recovery efforts - from education to business activity - must focus especially on the needs of women and girls ”.
From our proven experience, you should consider:
There is much to do, but we are sure that collectively and creatively, moving from discourse to action, we will be able to respond effectively to get out of the crisis together, taking the best of previous experiences and lessons learned.