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Evo Morales Calls on Bolivians to End Violence Against Women

  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales

    Bolivia's President Evo Morales | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 May 2019

Mother's Day in Bolivia is also an opportunity to celebrate the 10th-year anniversary of the 'Juana Azurduy' mother and child health program.

President Evo Morales urged Bolivians Monday to end violence against women and to foster a culture of respect towards them instead.

Two Million Mothers, Children Helped by Bolivia’s Social Policies Since 2009

As the Andean country was celebrating Mother's Day Monday, he reminded people that mothers represent the unifying core of the family which justifies their complete protection.

"We keep hearing about attacks and violence against women. I am asking everyone to have respect toward mothers, a lot of respect for women and partners because they are part of life."

Mother's Day was also an occasion to celebrate the 10th-year anniversary of 'Juana Azurduy,' a social program that provides benefits to Bolivian mothers in a bid to address poverty and death during childbirth.

"Ten years ago, we thought about what would be the best gift on Mother's Day, and we came up with the Juana Azurduy benefits," he said on Twitter.

According to official estimates, more than two million women and children under two years of age have benefited from the measure in the past decade, guaranteeing better health care for them at a crucial moment in a child's life.

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