Country Bolivia Plurinational State of
Year 2012
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Sexual harassment, Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


The "Law Against Harassment and Political Violence against Women" was promulgated on 28 May 2012 by the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales.

This Law aims to establish mechanisms for prevention, attention and sanction of individual or collective acts of harassment and/or political violence against women candidates, elected, and in the exercise of their functions, to ensure the observance of their rights.

Through its 25 articles and 5 transitional provisions, the Law defines the behaviors that constitute harassment and/or political violence (Articles 7 and 8) based on gender; and establishes such behaviors as acts that restrict the public function and impede the full exercise of rights at all levels.  The Law also foresees mechanisms and specific instances to denounce and process these behaviors, defines that public institutions be called upon for a monitoring and follow-up the problem; it also sanctions and increases the sentence established for cases of harassment and political violence based on gender in the  due way.

Source of Information

Government of Bolivia; UN Women.

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