Designing Intersectional Policy for the Inclusion of Afro-Peruvian Girls
Brookings Institution Echidna Scholar
Former Head, UN Women, Peru
How can educational policy be designed to address intersecting forms of inequality? Peru promotes inclusion, gender equality and non-discrimination as key pillars of its public policies at all levels. However, while the state has made important efforts to include indigenous populations, less attention has been given to Afro- Peruvians. In this presentation, Brookings Institution Echidna Scholar, Eliana Villar Márquez will highlight why policy needs to focus on Afro-Peruvians, and Afro- Peruvian girls specifically. Afro-Peruvians make up roughly 9% of Peru’s population and have experienced ongoing poverty and discrimination. Among Afro-Peruvians, it is Afro-Peruvian girls, however, who are most impacted due to the intersections among race, gender and poverty. A principle result is lesser access to quality public education. Villar will explain the need to design policies with an intersectional approach in order to be consistent with the discourse of inclusion and non-discrimination put forward by the Peruvian state, and the steps needed to effectively do so.