Diakonia's work in Peru is concentrated to five regions in the southern Andes, some of the poorest regions in the country, and also the most affected by violence during the armed conflict.
Four thematic platforms
The work with partners in Peru is implemented from four thematic platforms:
Democracy and participation
Natural resources and climate change
In each platform we seek to connect the local problem with advocacy on both a national and international level.
Progress in women's rights
In 2012, the greatest progress made by Diakonia's partner organizations was related to women's rights and participation. An example of this is a project regarding women's participation, where two of our partner organizations worked locally in Cusco and Huancavelica pushing forward the gender agenda and curbing violence against women. This is of great importance, as Peru is the Latin American country with the highest rate of violence against women.
Unequal distribution of wealth
Peru is a country with many riches, considerable and sustained economic growth, and it is actually classified as a middle income country. However, the distribution of wealth is extremely unequal, and social and economic gaps have increased during the last few years. Many of the traditional patriarchal structures still exist with regard to roles and values, in spite of progress made in legislation to promote gender equality and the participation of women. The internal armed conflict, between 1980-2000, cost almost 69 000 people their lives; in addition, ten years under the authoritarian regime of president Fujimori weakened democratic institutions and citizen confidence in the Rule of Law.
Challenging structural inequalities
In Peru, the challenges faced by Diakonia and its partners have to do with structural inequalities, for example the legal processes, truth and reconciliation for victims of the armed conflict and the new opportunities for democracy and participation that the decentralization process, which began in 2002, offers. Diakonia and its partners have reached progress in the areas of democracy and human rights, for example: several hundred families of victims of the armed conflict have obtained justice as dozens of military officials and other perpetrators have been brought before justice and various have been sentenced for crimes against the human rights.
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