Bolivia: Women’s Shelter Technology Centre

Community: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Beneficiaries: 125 women will benefit directly
Required amount: $6,300 over 2 years


As information and communication technologies (ICT) take an increasingly important role in people’s lives throughout the world, the question of who can access these technologies becomes more prominent. Women, youth of low socioeconomic status and survivors of gender-based violence are particularly affected by this “digital divide.” Therefore, La Casa de la Mujer in Santa Cruz Bolivia plans to run Technology Centres to offer training in the use of word processing, spreadsheets, Internet, text messaging, skype and social media. Given that women can face geographical as well as technological barriers, the centres will also offer legal aid through skype- conferencing to women who are attempting to report violence. The ultimate goals of the project are to raise awareness and contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence through these technologies.

Overview of the project

The goal of the community project is to bridge the digital divide and to empower women and young people with low incomes through access to technology.

The project will provide

  • Training in the use of information and communication technologies
  • Training and support for accessing legal advice through skype conferencing
  • Instruction on the use of social media to raise awareness and prevention of gender-based violence
  • Internet and copy services at affordable rates

Expected results

More women and young people will be trained in the use of information and communication technologies and to engage in prevention of gender-based violence. This will not only benefit the users of the technology centre, but also the population of Santa Cruz as a whole.

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