Country / Region profile of: Bolivia

Bolivian women face significant discrimination. This discrimination is significantly greater for indigenous Bolivian women. Though recent laws have criminalised gendered violence, including spousal rape, Bolivian women still experience sexual assault, domestic violence, and work abuse. Though not part of any recent international conflicts, Bolivia recently weathered a longstanding internal conflict over the privatisation of gas. Bolivia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1990. Bolivia is ranked as 17 of the 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. Regarding the Arms Trade Treaty, Bolivia abstained from the vote on the adoption and has not yet signed or ratified it. Bolivia did not make commitments to the WPS Agenda in the 2017 Security Council Open Debate; nonetheless, the country spent $656.8 mln on its military. The United Nations is working hand in hand with the Bolivian government and civil society to improve the situation and encourage women's empowerment in Bolivia. 

“As long as gender disparities exist, humanity cannot overcome underdevelopment and social exclusion.” - Ingrid Sabja


$ 566,000,000
Military expenditure
Bolivia spends USD$566,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Boosting women's leadership
This amount could be invested in developing hundreds of new innovative programmes across the globe to boost women’s economic empowerment and political participation
NAP 1325
Bolivia does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Bolivia did not make any financial commitments for WPS in the 2017 Open Debate.