Inter Pares is a Canadian social justice organization founded in 1975 that believes solidarity should be at the heart of international cooperation efforts. Their name – Inter Pares, which means 'among equals' – reflects their philosophy of working as equals with their counterparts around the world. Their Peruvian counterparts were DEMUS, a feminist organization founded by lawyers in 1987 and SISAY a rural development organization offering technical and organizational support to rural communities.
Year of Grant: 2017-2018
Grant Amount: $5,000
During a twenty-year period between 1980 and 2000, Peru experienced an internal armed conflict waged by the Peruvian army and various insurgent groups. An estimated 70,000 Peruvians—the vast majority of them young Indigenous men from Peru’s highland provinces—were murdered or forcibly disappeared.
Another crime from 1996–2000 received little attention until recently. As part of a deliberate policy implemented by the government of Alberto Fujimori, as many as 270,000 rural Peruvians, most of them women, were subjected to large-scale involuntary sterilization.
Inter Pares’ project “Supporting Women’s Agency, Health and Rights in Peru” is a continuation of the
work supported by WICC since 2016.
This project had two goals:
- To contribute to the agency and mental well-being of persons and communities affected by the policy of forced sterilizations in Peru.
- To undertake advocacy initiatives for the adoption of public policies aimed at supporting women and combating sexual and gender-based violence.
To achieve these goals, the project undertook a number of activities:
- Individual and group counselling sessions for victims of forced sterilizations;
- Inter-regional gathering of women victims of forced sterilizations;
- Legal assistance and accompaniment to three victims of forced sterilizations;
- Development of a public policy to support victims of forced sterilizations;
- Examination of public policies on sexual and gender-based violence in four districts of Lima.