Amidst a global economic crisis, Peru’s economy has seen steady growth and a gradual decrease in poverty rates. Along with this growth, Peru has also reduced its infant mortality rate, increased its literacy rate, and improved school retention rates over the past decade. Despite these improvements, vast inequalities continue to exist, particularly for rural indigenous populations.
Far from the cities that boast economic and educational improvements, indigenous communities like those in the Andean highlands and the Amazon basin still live in extreme poverty. Most deeply affected by the devastating lack of resources and services are indigenous women and girls. Women from these communities make up a majority of Peru’s non-literate population. School dropout rates for indigenous adolescent girls are disproportionately high.
In many cases, the girls are forced to drop out of school due to economic constraints or early pregnancy. Their limited access to reproductive health information and services only adds to this challenge. WGLG Peru’s girls’ education and reproductive rights campaign responds to these alarming inequalities with a powerful multimedia campaign that engages youth to share their stories and stand up for their rights. Their participation promises to inspire families to find creative ways to support their girls and give them greater opportunities to learn and grow.