Undergraduate Research


The sexual exploitation of indigenous Andean women in Peru has been researched extensively over the past several decades. Peru received heightened international attention when the so-called “poverty alleviation” programs in the 1990s revealed that hundreds of thousands of indigenous women were forcibly sterilized. Today, groups around the globe fight for the rights of indigenous women in Peru for problems that have remained relatively unchanged in the past halfcentury. While there is extensive historical research as well as considerable resources describing current issues Andean women face, little work draws these two topics together. Through a substantive literary review, this project draws on the history of the 1990s to inform present controversies. By understanding the two subjects together, a strong argument exists that the national government has failed in protecting the rights of indigenous Andean women. As such, new methods and research are needed to preserve the rights of Peru’s indigenous women. Due to both the normalized sexual exploitation across the nation and extensive cultural diversity across the Andean region, this research presents the argument that advocacy groups and researchers should begin seeking local and culturally individualized methodology for addressing these human rights issues.



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