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Bolivia Gender Assessment

Foto Bolivia FINALBolivia it currently carrying out a gender assessment of the national HIV response. "This gender assessment will strengthen the discussion around the new Multisectorial National Strategic Plan for HIV for the coming years that has as an objective to establish HIV policies and programs as well as sustainability of the HIV response in Bolivia. The Ministry of Health is committed to ensuring that the National Strategic Plan has a gender and human rights focus in order to achieve results that benefit the key populations in the country, "said Dr Carola Valencia, Coordinator of the National AIDS Programme.

The gender assessment is being done in Bolivia as part of piloting of a standardized gender assessment tool, developed jointly by UNAIDS, civil society and development partners. Bolivia, Rwanda, Djibouti, Jamaica and Tajikistan are the countries from various regions and with different epidemics where the tool is being piloted.

The gender assessment tool is a structured set of guidelines and questions to guide the analysis of the extent to which national HIV responses take into account gender equality. Key priority of the tool are the vulnerabilities and HIV-related needs of women, girls and key populations, related to unequal power relations. The gender assessment of an HIV response is a process that determines the state of the HIV response from a gender perspective in order to strengthen the integration of gender equality among the goals of the HIV response and to inform gender-sensitive national strategic planning and resource mobilization.

Genny Lima, a member of the Bolivian Network of People with HIV, (REDBOL +), and representative of PLHIV of Andean Region stated that "it is necessary that the reality and the actual needs of women living with HIV are reflected and taken into consideration in design of countries' policies, programs and projects on HIV prevention, promotion and care. Therefore it is important to incorporate the voice of women living with HIV and to strengthen our leadership, to ensure that we are meaningfully involved in the action areas and contribute from our own experiences and based on our needs on integral manner, whether we are young people, mothers, housewives, widows or single women, all with rights and responsibilities."

The Bolivian gender assessment is being carried out under the leadership of the National AIDS Programme and the steering committee established for this process and, composed by the representatives of the Government, civil society and the United Nations. The process has included two workshops to validate the tool and complete the assessment. The second of the two workshops was organized from 4 to 7 February 2013 to elaborate the responses to the tool and to come up with conclusions and recommendations. The assessment is currently being finalized and will be used to inform the participatory and multisectorial national planning process that has a gender perspective and addresses the critical issues related to legal framework, access to and quality of comprehensive services, need to generate information and gender disaggregated data, and sensitization and training on HIV with gender perspective, that have been identified through this assessment. The gender assessment process has also served to establish contacts and strengthen collaboration and learning between different actors and to identify areas of common interest and synergies that could be strengthened.

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