IWHC has been active in Peru since 2002. In this time, we have helped build and strengthen a number of organizations working to advance the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people.

Currently, we are working closely with PROMSEX on a national campaign to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape and incest. The campaign, entitled Dejala Decidir (“Let Her Decide”), has garnered widespread support from Peruvians and helped spread light on the epidemic of sexual violence in the country.


Ultraconservative Marketing Ploy Attempts to Derail Gender Equality

  • July 16, 2019

In essence, “gender ideology” is nothing more than a right-wing marketing ploy—a dangerous conspiracy theory based on fear, not fact, that justifies discrimination against women and gender diverse people.

Empowering Girls Begins with Proper Sexuality Education

  • October 11, 2018

As the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child, IWHC stresses the importance of empowering girls through comprehensive sexuality education, linked with access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.

Promsex’s Victories Drive Gender Equality in Peru

  • July 23, 2018

As an ardent defender of abortion rights in Peru, IWHC's grantee partner Promsex is a frequent target of right-wing conservatives. Yet a recent court ruling against a Catholic news agency that deliberately spread misinformation about Promsex is a victory for Peru's long-embattled sexual and reproductive health advocates.

Instituo de Educación y Salud

  • June 29, 2016

Although Peru agreed to provide comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to all of its young people when it signed onto the Montevideo Consensus in 2013, the country’s public policy still does not guarantee it through a student’s lifetime. Founded in Lima in 1991, Instituo de Educación y Salud (IES, or “Institute of Education and Health”)…

Doctors in Peru Become Strong Champions of Safe and Legal Abortion

  • May 31, 2016

Abortion to save the life or health of a woman has been legal in Peru since 1924, but the majority of Peruvian women are unable to access it. A growing group of public sector doctors, lawyers, midwives, and psychiatrists in Peru is working to change this.

Educación integral en sexualidad: la situación actual en el Perú

  • March 7, 2016

Existen materiales para docentes y hay experiencias exitosas, pero el financiamiento y  la preparación idónea de la mayoría de las y los docentes, continúan siendo barreras importantes.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Where We Stand in Peru

  • February 22, 2016

Teachers are better trained and curricula are stronger, but limited financial support and access remain significant barriers.

Our Top Wins in 2015

  • January 11, 2016

2015 was a momentous year for women—a year of impressive achievements but also extreme hardship. Here are our highlights for 2015.

In Peru, Women’s Rights Activists Make Slow but Steady Gains

  • December 18, 2015

Breaking the silence on sexual violence and abortion is a critical first step to advancing reproductive rights in Peru.

Bills to Expand Access to Abortion Debated in Peru and Argentina

  • November 7, 2014

On Tuesday, the Argentinian and Peruvian Congresses debated bills to expand access to safe and legal abortion.