Peru President: Government committed to gender equality

15:08 | Lima, Nov. 14.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday affirmed that the Government is firmly committed to gender equality, as well as to the protection and promotion of women's rights.

While leading the ceremony to award outstanding female citizens with the 2019 Order of Merit for Women, he pointed out the Executive Branch made the political decision to move towards the elimination of intolerance, as well as of social, institutional, and structural barriers that prevent women from exercising their fundamental rights.

"We have been promoting parity and alternation in the lists of candidates running for popularly-elected posts; we will not move backwards from this goal. From the Executive (Branch), we recognize women's capacities," the Head of State expressed.

Proof of this, he recalled, is that his administration relies on an egalitarian Ministerial Cabinet, and there are many women holding high-ranking positions in the Government.

The top official remarked that the 2019 Order of Merit of Women constitutes an opportunity to recognize 15 citizens —on behalf of Peru— for their valuable contribution to the construction of an egalitarian society, the defense and promotion of their rights, and the sustainable development of the country.

After referring that women have come a long way towards the recognition of their rights, he said they play an essential role in society nowadays.

"History and the future are changing; that is why activities, such as those of today, allow us to show the contribution of women throughout history and the strengthening of our democracy. Knowing them inspires us to reproduce these practices in public and private spaces," he added.

The President said he was convinced of wanting a country where everyone can live in equality, regardless of their socioeconomic status, gender, religion, or political orientation.

The Head of State was joined by Women and Vulnerable Populations Minister Gloria Montenegro on the occasion.


Published: 11/14/2019
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