Legal Framework and Institutional Mechanisms
Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ratification in 1990. Ratification of the Optional Protocol in 2000. Main reference document for equality between men and women. Through its ratification or accession to it the States are legally bound to adopt all necessary measures, including special temporary measures and laws, in order for women to fully enjoy all their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). The signatory countries take responsibility for the implementation of the Platform for Action, in which 12 critical areas of concern for the advancement of women are defined.
Political Constitution (2009). Prohibits and penalizes all forms of discrimination aimed at overriding or undermining the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, under conditions of equality, of any person's rights. It establishes to be a State's duty to promote the inclusion of women into the labor force as well as guarantee equal pay for work of equal value.
Vice-ministry of Equal Opportunities. It develops, executes, directs, coordinates and supervises policies, regulations and plans aimed at promoting equality of opportunities for men and women, and persons with disabilities.
Gender Observatory (2010). It carries out and disseminates research and proposals related to the realities of inequality in which Bolivian women are immersed.