Peru Women : Politics


Women and some minorities actively participate in government and politics, although they are under represented. A nationwide drive was conducted to replace the citizenship papers and voter registration cards lost by women who were displaced by the internal conflict and who returned to their original communities in time for the 1998 municipal elections, as well as for the 2000 national elections. For the first time in the country's electoral history, the October municipal elections were held under the new law that mandated that all party candidate lists for congressional and municipal elections include at least 25 percent women and at least 25 percent men. In conjunction with the municipal election campaign, four women's organisations undertook nationwide programmes to identify female candidates and promote women's lobbies, increase the number of female voters, prepare a women's political agenda, and train women who were elected to office.