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Launched in 2008, the Bolivia Country Chapter focuses on building coalitions to address common issues facing women. Through WDN’s Women’s Leadership School initiative, the Chapter is training the next generation of women leaders to increase the number of women in decision making roles throughout Bolivia.
In 2011, the Chapter conducted three conferences to establish a dialogue between civil society representatives and elected officials. During the conferences citizens presented legislative initiatives for inclusion on local and national legislative agendas, including one that would ensure all Bolivian women have access to free cancer prevention examinations.
In 2008, Chapter members, who also serve in Bolivia’s Congress, conducted a multi-party women’s roundtable to promote legislation that would require the National Electoral Court to intervene in cases where women are illegally removed from their elected positions and replaced by men. Participants of the roundtable drafted the bill following nine months of debates and discussions at the national and local levels. The bill was adopted into law in January 2009.