We are proud of our collaboration with women's rights organisations in Peru, where we have worked since 1990.

During this time we have supported some 20 organisations in their work, such as the promotion of women’s participation in local and regional government by Asociación Calandria; psychological support, legal advice and counselling to survivors of sex trafficking by El Pozo; and persistent campaigning by DEMUS (Estudio para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer) for justice for the thousands of women who were forcibly sterilised during the Fujimori government of the 1990s.

Although Peru is not a current Womankind focus country, as our strategy is about working in greater depth to have the biggest impact possible, we continue to network, share learning and funding opportunities with our partners in Peru and we advocate at the international level, alongside and in solidarity with partners across our network.

Below are some highlights of how we have supported our women's rights partners in Peru:

Supporting women survivors of violence

Violence against women was a common war tactic during Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict.

With our partner DEMUS, we have:

  • Increased public awareness of the sexual violence and forced sterilisations during the conflict
  • Provided legal support and improving access to justice for women survivors of violence
  • Offered psychological support, so women can safely and confidently testify in court
  • Lobbied to demand justice for women who were forcefully sterilised
  • Influenced regional policies to tackle violence against women through meetings with government officials and public campaigns.
“Women like me who were raped and abused by the military were an embarrassment. When we found the courage to come forward and report the abuses, authorities told us that we were a shame to the community. DEMUS taught us our rights and accompanied us to make official complaints, and have supported us through the process.” Participant

Reducing violence against women in agriculture

Agricultural export is a tough industry in Peru. Women make up 65 per cent of its workers, mostly those aged 21 to 33. They face long working hours, sexual harassment and exposure to dangerous chemicals, which puts their health at risk.

Pregnant women are often dismissed, and are at increased risk of domestic violence. Many don’t know their basic rights and have limited organisational and leadership skills.

We worked with our local partner FEPROMU on:

  • Educating women about their rights, and developing their leadership skills
  • Training women to monitor how well gender laws are put into practice
  • Establishing a Centre for Conciliation in the Ica region with pro bono lawyers to support women
  • Creating the Women’s Association of Agro-industry, helping women to collectively claim their rights. Some of their basic demands have already been met, such as for toilets, transportation, and uncontaminated water.
  • Organising regional workshops and events for women in the industry to discuss proposals for a Regional Plan for Gender Equality.
“I am grateful for the training I have received from FEPROMU, which I put into practice in my own life: I value my own contribution as a woman. I take decisions together with my husband, I now am able to communicate better with my family and I help in the education of my children and treat them equally regardless of their gender.”Celestina

Our impact in Peru

Thanks to our partnership with women’s organisations in Peru:

  • More than 2,000 women have demanded justice and reparation in court for their forced sterilisation.
  • Over 628,000 people have received messages about sexual violence and forced sterilisations.
  • Two female community networks in Huancavelica, the poorest region of Peru, have been set up to monitor government policies and programmes to tackle violence against women.
  • 268 people took part in workshops to discuss proposals for a Regional Plan for Gender Equality.
  • The Peruvian government accepted the state’s responsibility for violence against women during the internal conflict, meaning victims could seek justice.
  • A regional by-law on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and HIV for children and adolescents was introduced in June 2009.

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Help us do more

£25 can pay for travel for one female survivor of violence to attend a psychological and legal support session so she can get the help she needs.

£221 can pay for a lawyer to work on women survivors’ case work for a month.

£943 can pay for four days of professional psychological and legal support for a woman survivor of violence.