Final Evaluation: Contributing to the Construction of a System of Justice that Adequately Processes, Sanctions and Provides Reparations for Sexual Violence (Peru)
Grantee: DEMUS (Study for the Defense of Women’s Rights)
Grant period: January 2013 – December 2015
Grant amount: USD430,801
The DEMUS project “Contributing to the Construction of a System of Justice that Adequately Processes, Sanctions and Provides Reparations for Sexual Violence” aimed to improve access to justice for women who have experienced gender-based violence in Peru. The project:
- pushed for gender-awareness training to be included in the Judicial Academy’s curriculum, and for the National Council of the Judiciary to consider gender-awareness when evaluating candidates to serve as judges or attorneys;
- facilitated dialogue between judicial authorities and women’s organizations, empowering both to better advocate for women’s rights; and
- ran a media campaign to raise awareness about the problems women who have experienced gender-based violence face in accessing justice.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- Peru’s Supreme Court approved two agreements that require that victims receive better treatment during investigations and trials of sexual crimes.
- The institutional changes achieved by the project are significant, but are only likely to survive if additional monitoring and evaluation work is done.
- The project empowered women’s organizations and made judicial authorities more accountable to them.