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Generalitat Valenciana and Alliance for solidarity in Bolivia: "Contributing to the economic autonomy of women and inclusive local development in the Department of Cochabamba".

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Alliance for Solidarity together with the Institute of Integral Women's Training (IFFI) and under the funding of the Generalitat Valenciana, have worked to promote greater inclusion and economic, social and political equality of women in peri-urban and rural areas , as well as equitable, fair and sustainable development in the department of Cochabamba. In this context, it sought (with actions and advocacy efforts), promoting the recognition and exercise of the economic rights of women in poverty and/or vulnerability by promoting actions that improve their capacity as entrepreneurs; helping to remove the different barriers they face at home, in the private sector and in society; and generating a structured multi-actor dialogue, which facilitates the implementation of inclusive and gender-focused local development public plans and policies.

To do this, 3 axes of intervention were formed:

The first axis of intervention focused on the management and generation of micro and small entrepreneurial incomes led by women. About 303 women were trained in the Food: Bakery/Pastry and Cooking, and Textiles: hand-woven, machine-woven and cutting and tailoring. In addition, 95 female entrepreneurs have been included in the National Network of Women Entrepreneurs of Bolivia (RNMEB). As a result, many of them have participated in

at local, departmental fairs and an international fair where their business skills worked in business management workshops were put into practice. On the other hand, and in addition, the economic micro-entrepreneurship called "Rica Masita" has been formed, which has the participation of women from the 4 intervention municipalities.

In turn, a cross-cutting intervention was carried out to influence the exercise of full citizenship of women, with rights training processes, with particular emphasis on their economic rights and care economy.

The second axis of intervention prioritized actions to promote the definition and enforceability of municipal public policies to promote gender-focused inclusive local economic development. Women entrepreneurs participated in various workshops on the enforceability of their rights and tools for the deployment of advocacy actions, as well as the participatory construction of proposals. In total, 12 proposals were built that were presented by the entrepreneurs themselves in spaces of direct incidence before the authorities of the executive and legislation of the intervention municipalities.

From the various governments, work has been done on strengthening the capacities of authorities and officials for the transversalization of the gender approach, the care economy and public co-responsibility, in policies, plans, programmes and projects, for the promotion and recognition of women's rights and economic autonomy. In total, 111 public officials were reached, who were also offered technical assistance to optimize their work as obligations.

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The third axis of intervention it aimed at generating public opinion in favour of women's economic participation and autonomy, the care economy and greater family and social co-responsibility. Several awareness-raising and outreach activities were carried out, all within the campaign: "Homework Benefits Us" and benefited more than 20,573 people. In this context, the Forum on Care was held, which started the campaign with materials produced especially for the target population of the project: radio wedges, videos, murals, triptychs... Meeting and reflection days were also organized with families of entrepreneurs, with leaders and communes and of Grassroots Territorial Organizations (OTBs), as well as municipal mobilization actions for the recognition of rights and autonomy women's economics.

Spaces in which it was sought to raise awareness among the families of women entrepreneurs, the community leaders and OTBs., as well as the general population, about the need to democratize care work, seeking co-responsibility of them in the family, social and public spheres.

The results of this project, and its final assessment, have been disseminated through different means through videos of campaign results, experience-sharing workshops and direct communication with IFFI-Alianza and its staff.


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