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Women have less access to power and resources, and endure abuse and discrimination in their homes, the workplace and in politics. In Peru, these attitudes, along with a lack of political will, cause widespread violence against women.

Many Peruvian women suffered sexual violence during an internal conflict lasting 20 years (1980-2000). During the conflict, the Peruvian government forcibly sterilised over 2,000 women. Despite an agreement being reached in 2003 to secure justice and reparation for these women, the government has failed to implement this.

Today many younger women work in the agricultural export industry and face new challenges. They work in poor and dangerous conditions and experience sexual harassment on a daily basis.

 Women’s Rights in Peru

 Supporting Women in Peru

We are working with two women’s rights organisations, DEMUS and FEPROMU:

 Making a difference

Our work with our partners has:

  • Provided access to justice for women survivors of violence and increased public awareness on issues such as reparation and sexual exploitation of women during the war
  • Ensured women who experienced sexual violence in the internal conflict receive compensation from the government
  • Supported two female community networks in Huancavelica, the poorest region of Peru, to monitor  government policies and programmes to tackle violence against women
  • Successfully secured the adoption of a regional policy on HIV, raising awareness of sexual and reproductive rights of adolescents in the Ica region

“I had never entered a police station before because I was afraid to do so. Thanks to DEMUS I have learned that public institutions are there to serve and support us and should provide a good service.  Now we watch these institutions to ensure they treat women well and that they take interest in them.” – Luz, participant

Help more women survivors of violence like Luz receive the support they need


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