Gender-based Violence and Family Planning Services in Bolivia: A Review of the Evidence through the Lens of the Demographic Health Survey and the Health Policy Initiative Avances de Paz Project
|Dr. Guido Pinto-Aguirre; Sandra Bruch Aliaga; Cintia Davalos; Yecid Aliaga; Dr. Deborah Caro; Avances de Paz team; HPI, TO1|
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The USAID | Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1 carried out the "Proyecto Avances de Paz" (Advances toward Peace Project): Policy Implementation Model to Address and Prevent Gender-based Violence in Municipalities in Bolivia during 2006–2008. This report primarily presents the results of an assessment that sought to understand whether, how, and to what extent gender-based violence (GBV) affects women's use of family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) services. The methodology and specific project results are presented in complementary documents.
Previous studies in Bolivia have demonstrated that many cultural, economic, and social factors influence women's decision to use contraception or visit facilities for other RH services (Camacho et al., 1997; Quiroga et al., 1997; and Schuler et al., 1994). Many of the same factors contribute to the high incidence of GBV in Bolivia, including gender-based power imbalances between men and women, socioeconomic discrimination, inadequate access to FP/RH services, and poverty.
The purpose of this assessment is to ascertain whether GBV presents a barrier to the demand/use of FP/RH services and to explore whether stand-alone GBV interventions such as Avances de Paz have the potential to increase uptake of FP/RH services by addressing the common root causes of GBV and low FP/RH use. The assessment increased knowledge about how GBV prevents women's full access to services. This assessment draws on both quantitative and qualitative methods.
|Document Type:||Technical Reports: Global|
|No. of Pages:||40|
|Country:||Bolivia, LATIN AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN, LAC Regional Program|
|Keywords:||Gender, GBV, FP/RH, Unmet Need, Strategic Planning|