Since 2019, Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) has provided targeted technical assistance to local women's rights organizations (LWROs) in more than 10 departments in Peru to improve the management and long-term sustainability of LWROs, as well as strengthen programming and advocacy to advance the gender movement in Peru. To date, WVL has worked with nearly 7,000 women activists across the country.
Four Peruvian women's organizations are leading the implementation of key activities focused on preventing sexual and gender-based violence. These include designing support mechanisms for human rights defenders advocating for the rights and protection of women and other marginalized groups, including indigenous women and LGBTQI+ people, and enacting changes to current legislation that denounce the rights of women and other groups. To contribute efforts to systemic change, WVL has also designed innovative mechanisms at national and sub-national levels to strengthen women's rights platforms, networks, and alliances to share important information, prepare future women leaders, and advocate for policy reform.
Growing crops and a better quality of life in Peru
In Peru, women experience higher levels of poverty and unemployment compared to men. They receive less pay, lack access to land, and many are survivors of domestic abuse.
Fighting gender inequality in Peru and working for a better world
Many things drew Elena Soriano to the work she does with Cuso International in Peru, connecting with feminist organizations to advance gender equality in that country. But perhaps the strongest motivator for her now is her 2-year-old daughter.