Inspiring Girls launches in Peru
We are delighted to announce that the next country to launch the Inspiring Girls campaign is Peru - joining Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia as our fifth country in Latin America.
The campaign will be led by Andrea Feged Rivera, an International Relations Coordinator from Lima.
Chair and Founder of Inspiring Girls, Miriam Gonzalez says, “It is fantastic to have Peru join our network of countries. Inspiring Girls will provide access to more female role models for young girls in Peru and raise their aspirations.”
In Peru, women face a number of inequalities and barriers, including a large gender pay gap, early marriage and pregnancy, sexism in the media, and attitudes that they should only care for children and do housework. The OECD notes that women in Peru are subject to abuse, with almost half suffering from violence. The most common form of abuse is psychological.
The majority of rural women work in farming, or take care of household chores. On average, they earn 46 percent less than male workers. In Peru in 2013, 69% of the female working-age population was part of the labour force, while 87% of the male working-age population was part of the labour force. In 2014, the UN noted that despite the fact that the economy of the country was improving, women continued to be discriminated against and to suffer violence.
Andrea, the new Chair of Inspiring Girls Peru says, “I am excited to be a part of this global campaign to raise the aspirations of girls. Reducing inequality creates a better society, and I know that Inspiring Girls will give women and girls a voice in Peru.”
More news will follow on events and plans for 2019. In the meantime - Welcome Peru!