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Promoting women’s sexual and reproductive rights and the right of all women and girls to live free of violence and abuse in order to achieve gender equality and advance women’s empowerment.


To achieve these goals UNFPA aims at:

  • Ensuring that public policies on sexual and reproductive health and ending violence against women, are gender mainstreamed.
  • Capacity building of civil servants and key stakeholders on gender equality and human rights.
  • Strengthening sexual and reproductive health services, including the prevention of violence against women.

UNFPA supports government, civil society actors, academia and other key stakeholders in achieving a society where all women can exercise their sexual and reproductive rights and live a life free of violence and abuse.

Key milestones

  • Evidence-based advocacy and technical assistance to at least five legislative instruments establishing a multisectoral approach to promoting gender equality and ending violence against women.
  • National Gender Policy.
  • Developing a protocol for Emergency Health Care Centers for women.
  • Developing a Joint Performance Protocol for Emergency Health Care Centers for Women (CEM) and the Police.
  • Technical guidelines on mental health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Technical Health Standard for integrated healthcare services for women and other family members experiencing sexual violence.

UNFPA provided technical and financial assistance to the Regional Health Directorate of Piura and the “Santa Julia” Health Center to establish the first Emergency Health Care Centre for Women (CEM) in a health care center.

This was the first pilot of integrated and multidisciplinary services for victims/survivors of violence. The aim was to integrate health services with the socio-legal services provided by the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations.