Project #11899

Educate teenagers about sexual health in Bolivia

by Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano
A volunteer presenting the poster
A volunteer presenting the poster


At the end of August 2015, IDH organised the 18th ExpoVida where more than 27,000 students were able to visit the central theme called “all attentive towards gender violence”.
In Bolivia, Cochabamba is the region with the highest rate of “feminicidios”. Since the beginning of 2015, 23 women were killed at the hands of their husband or partner.
The beginning of the exhibition exposed portraits of famous women who suffered gender violence in their lives, as well as portraits of women whose stories are not usually covered by the media. However, it is important to remind ourselves that gender violence not only refers to violence against women. Homophobia is also a form of gender violence.
The students could inform themselves on sexual diversity. For many of them, this was an opportunity to go beyond the prejudice fuelled by our machist society.

agaisnt homofobia
agaisnt homofobia
everyone enjoy
everyone enjoy

This year we used theatrical activities to strengthen the theme of Human Sexual Trafficking in 12 schools, with the presence of 80 students per school.
The cast gave life to 9 characters, one of which is Juanita, a 14-year-old adolescent, who decides to run away from her house. By the influence and deception of her “friend,” she is convinced to work with an unknown adult man, who forces her to do things that she doesn’t want to do.
At the end of the play, a theatrical forum is done, that involves role-play with the students and the characters of the play in dangerous situations. It reinforces the tools needed to know what you should do in those kinds of situations.
The reception by the teachers and the students has been excellent.
“The play was a complete success because the teachers were amazed with the acting. After a play that only lasted 15 minutes, the students participated in the reflection and identification of the actors that play a role in the theme of Human Sexual Trafficking. Without any type of scenery, and only with acting, the students were able to enter into each situation.” Testimony from teacher Brighitte Valverde Murillo

El teatro, mejor que cualquier discurso para prevenir la violencia sexual
Este año se retomó la actividad teatral para reforzar el tema de Violencia Sexual Comercial en 12 Unidades Educativas, con la presencia de unos 80 estudiantes por establecimiento.
El elenco de teatro da vida a nueve personajes,entre ellas Juanita una adolescente de 14 años que decide escapar de su casa y por influencia de su “amigo”, es convencida con engaños para trabajar con un hombre adulto desconocido, quién la obligará a hacer cosas que Juanita no quiere.
Al finalizar la obra, se realiza un foro teatro, que involucra los personajes en situaciones de peligro que presentó la obra, reforzando las herramientas para saber lo que se debe hacer en estas circunstancias.
La acogida de la obra recibida por alumnos y profesores ha sido muy buena.
“La obra fue todo un éxito ya que los profesores quedaron asombrados con la temática y en una obra que dura 15 minutos, los estudiantes participaron en la reflexión e identificación de los actores en el tema de VSC. Sin nada de escenografía con solo la actuación hicieron entrar en cada situación a los alumnos”, fue el testimonio de la profesora Brighitte Valverde Murillo

public reacciones
public reacciones
Tod@s Atent@s contra la violencia
Tod@s Atent@s contra la violencia

Like each year, IDH took advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Carnaval de la Concordia de Cochabamba, and with the help of our volunteers, we raised awareness of the public through messages on the prevention of sexual violence and HIV.

In this way, we started our annual campaign “Tod@s Atent@s contra la violencia sexual” (“Everyone attentive against sexual violence”), with the objective of not being simple observers of situations, but rather reacting and denouncing the violence. This campaign will follow during the whole year with public events.

The public received it very well. It is a funny way to do preventive actions.

This August, the IDH organized its 17th annual ExpoSida/ExpoVida, hosting approximately 25,000 students in five days, in conjunction with the Department of Education in Cochabamba, .

This year, the central theme was “Abre los ojos” (“Open your eyes”) with respect to the prevention of violence in romantic relationships and was well-received by attendees.

Other themes were presented in an interactive contest format and addressed a wide range of topics:

  • OJO con la violencia (Watch Out for Violence) – prevention of sexual violence
  • Amor, Sexo y algo más (Love, Sex, and Something Else) – sexuality
  • VIH, lo esencial (HIV, the essentials) – HIV/AIDS
  • Mi primer Amor (My First Love) – relationships/communication with family when falling in love

This event was an opportunity to reinforce the in-depth knowledge that these students have already gained from their teachers, trained by IDH’s very own prevention team.

The mayoralty of Cochabamba recognized the pedagogical benefit of this event and awarded the IDH the “Manuela Gandarillas” prize for its contribution to the promotion of human and social development in Bolivia.

Some students came from far away!
Some students came from far away!
Thank you to IDH
Thank you to IDH's great volunteers!
Until next time!
Until next time!
Training session for volunteers at IDH
Training session for volunteers at IDH


This year, we formed a new prevention team, consisting of 50 young volunteers working with the theme of sexual violence, in order to reach out and spread information to their peers.

Following the training, the team at IDH followed up with the youth volunteers on their activities in their communities, neighborhoods, universities, families, churches, etc.

As of now, 30 volunteers have reached out to 200 people with information on how to prevent sexual violence.

Thanks to the donnors, we can go on with this project and spread information throughout the population.

Each time we speak of this topic with the young people, there is at least one person of the audience who comes to us afterwards to share what she has suffered in terms of sexual violence.

We also know that many cases have been reported at the Youth Protection Service after our talk at the school.

Trained volunteers spreading knowledge to their pe
Trained volunteers spreading knowledge to their pe

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Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano

Location: Cochabamba - Bolivia
Website: http:/​/​
Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano
Project Leader:
Edgar Valdez
Cochabamba, Cochabamba Bolivia

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