Peru ranked 0.737 on the Human Development Index (HDI) in 2014, currently it is in position 82 among 187 classified countries, this puts Peru among the development countries, and with high human development. 

However, when considering the HDI adjusted for inequality, this development index is reduced from 0.737 to 0.562; this is a reflection of the great gaps and differences that persevere in the country. Closing these gaps becomes one of the main challenges towards achieving the comprehensive development of the Peruvian population. 

In this context, UN Women has been working in Peru in close coordination with government entities, with other UN agencies and with civil society organizations. The main objective being to identify and close gender gaps that negatively affect key areas of development and the full exercise of women rights in particular and all Peruvian society in general. 

Given this, UN Women Peru has concentrated its efforts in the following working areas: 

  • Identification of mechanisms that will guarantee the full political participation of women in all levels of government.
  • Support for policy design and implementation of inter-institutional measures oriented to end violence against women and girls. 
  • Establishing strategies that will assure the economic empowerment of women.
  • Include gender focus in the regulations and policies on climate change
  • Assist the Peruvian state in producing the reports on advances and compliance with the International regulations on the human rights of women, especially the Beijing Platform for Action, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Inter-American Convention on the prevention, punishment and eradication of violence against women (Belem do Para Convention). 
  • Participation on the global processes linked to the new development agenda: Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs).