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Women Mayors from South America

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Peru has introduced, often groundbreaking, legislation to strengthen gender equity.

Peru Ascope Mayor Rosario Cortijo

Rosario Cortijo, Mayor of the City of Ascope, Peru since 2023. She is the only female mayor in the Province of Ascope

Peru’s women mayors and female President join forces to strengthen gender equity

6 February 2024: More than 50 women mayors from across Peru joined the country’s President Dina Boluarte to discuss how women can play a more prominent role in public life. President Bolourte asked the assembled mayors to work together and share ideas. “The collaboration and unity of female mayors is relevant for the promotion of policies and programmes that address gender equality, the elimination of violence against women, and equitable access to education and health. They are key to the country's progress,” the President emphasised.

 

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Peru has introduced, often groundbreaking, legislation to strengthen gender equity. Of particular significance are the National Gender Equality Policy of 2019 and the Gender Parity Law of 2020. In the 2022 municipal and regional elections, some 102 women were elected as mayors, of which eight were elected at the provincial level and 94 at the district level. Female provincial mayors were elected in the provinces of La Libertad, Lambayeque, Ucayali, Cusco, Ancash, San Martín and Piura.

 

The regions with the highest proportions of female district mayors are Pasco (15%), I ca (14%), Madre de Dios (13%) and Metropolitan Lima (13%)

 

Sources used: El Peruano, Jurado Nacional de Elecciones (National Jury of Elections) and the study ‘Feminist Approaches to Gender Equity in Perú

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