Gender-based violence (GBV) is increasingly recognized as both a public health and human rights issue that affects the majority of the world’s women. Bolivia has a long history of high prevalence of GBV—particularly intimate partner violence. Although the country has long carried out advocacy for legal and policy measures to reduce GBV, the 2003 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) report reveals that GBV persists to a great extent—with two-thirds of women of reproductive age reporting experience of one or more types of GBV. There is a pressing need to address barriers to the implementation of policies and programs designed to confront GBV and empower women affected by GBV to use family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) services.

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