Peru: Enhancing Women’s Civil Participation in Rural Peru - Mary MacKillop Today

Peru: Enhancing Women’s Civil Participation in Rural Peru

Project Overview

The political participation of women in rural Peru, particularly in Quispicanchi, is very low. According to the Observatory for Governance (Infogob, 2022), in the 2018 regional and municipal elections, only 17 women were elected from a total of 76 available positions. That is only 22.4%. None of the women were elected as Mayors at the district or provincial level. Furthermore, women in government positions are often not trained to undertake their role effectively.

The ‘Enhancing Women’s Civil Participation in Rural Peru’ Phase II, seeks to reinforce the progress made in the first phase carried out in 2019-2022. Like its predecessor, this phase aims to promote and contribute to the strengthening of leadership of young and adult women and to contribute to the creation of public spaces that support active participation of women in society. The project will target current female Councillors and Officials and female civil-society and youth leaders.


Participants include 18 female Councillors, 17 female officials, and 75 female leaders and young women. These women will participate in:

  • Training in governance, human rights, participatory democracy, and leadership;
  • Visits to other Municipalities delivering successful gender equity initiatives; and
  • Youth and Leadership Forums; and
  • Regular coordination meetings.


  • 90 Women leaders and 26 female councillors will strengthen their capacities for the optimal exercise of their functions of representation, organization, and political participation in the province of Quispicanchi.
  • 9 women’s organizations will be strengthened to contribute to the institutionalization of public spaces that encourage the active participation of women in the province of Quispicanchi.
  • 4 Proposals/initiatives of the Quispicanchi Women’s Development Agenda will be implemented by public and private development actors in the districts and province of Quispicanchi.

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Enhancing Women’s Civil Participation in rural Peru receives support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).