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Established as the Women’s Peruvian Parliamentary Caucus (MMPP) in 2006 by female members of the National Congress, the Peru Country Chapter works across party lines to ensure a gender perspective on issues such as education, employment, access to justice and defense of human rights. As one of the few multi-party caucuses within the Congress, the MMPP is uniquely positioned to develop and drive important legislation. Key MMPP legislative successes include the Alimony Debtors Register and legislation that allowed joint custody of children. Additionally, the MMPP worked closely with the Special Committee on Family Violence and Protection to draft and pass the Family Violence Law.
Following an 80 percent turnover in the 2011 congressional elections, WDN held a workshop for newly-elected congresswomen and WDN members to ensure the MMPP did not lose its momentum. The event drew from the comparative experiences of Congresswoman Gladys Gonzalez from Argentina and Deputy Maria Antonieta Perez Reyes from Mexico, who are themselves WDN members. Congresswoman Margarita Sucari, who is also a WDN member and the former president of the MMPP, unveiled a publication on the history, structure and activities of the MMPP. The publication serves as a resource for the new caucus highlighting previous legislative successes and providing examples for future initiatives.
In 2010, the Peru Chapter began the initiative Training for Democratic Participation, Community and Citizens: Afro-Peruvian Women in the Lima Region, which focuses on building the capacity of women, specifically women of African descent, to exercise their civic rights, influence public policy and participate in the democratic process.