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Economic opportunities and citizenship for women in extreme poverty in Bolivia

case study

Bolivia's socio-economic situation has shown a favourable improvement in recent years. However, the country still has high levels of poverty and social inequality, particularly in rural areas. This situation particularly affects rural women, who suffer from a lack of services and job opportunities because of their isolation. Women’s participation in the labour market is very low; they usually work in informal economic activities and have low technical qualifications. In 2009, 63 per cent

of women were family workers or apprentices without pay, while 24.6 per cent were self-employed workers. Only 9 per cent of women were formally employed and therefore entitled to receive social benefits. Generally, women acquire their training at home, under their mothers’ supervision. In that sense, their economic activity is almost an extension of their domestic work.
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