The State and Violence Against Women in Peru: Intersecting Inequalities and Patriarchal Rule

Date Published:

Autumn 2012


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This article builds on long-term research looking at violence  against women in both war and peace, and recently gathered data  regarding persistent failure to use policy as a tool to reduce such  violence in Peru. The research shows that impunity and tolerance  for violence against women persists despite a state that has actively  intervened to eradicate such violence for some twenty years.  Including the state as perpetrator of violence in the analysis of  impunity helps understand the failure of policy and legislation.  Moreover, the notion of patriarchy allows us to look at a historically  shaped male-centered and sexist organization of state and  society, and helps understand the ambiguities in contemporary policy and legislation.

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See also: Latin America, Peru
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