Video Introduction

Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection in Peru

ZONTA/UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS

Zonta is passionate about providing life-changing opportunities for women and girls throughout the world.

By partnering with agencies of the United Nations (UN) and other recognized non-governmental organizations, Zonta works to improve women’s health, education, and economic opportunities as well as to prevent gender-based violence.

Since Zonta’s first service project, Zonta has contributed more than $32.7M to International Service projects and Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women projects.

Adolescent Girls’ Health and Protection in Peru

https://zonta.org/Web/Programs/ISP/Peru

What?

$1 million through UNICEF* to guarantee the rights of indigenous and rural adolescents, especially girls, and respond to their needs by preventing pregnancy, addressing mental health concerns, and providing a protective environment from violence by providing quality, gender-sensitive, and culturally adapted health, education, and protection services.

Why?

Adolescents, especially girls, must have opportunities to empower themselves so they can speak up for their rights and develop the self-confidence and autonomy needed to take control of their lives and bodies. Significant inequities based on gender, age, geographic location, ethnicity, and income persist for many Peruvian adolescents.  Defined by the Peruvian government as the ages of 12 to 17, adolescents constitute 11.2% of the population or 3.5 million people.

How?

UNICEF is working to improve the capacity of services to respond to the health needs of adolescents—especially girls—in a timely manner and prevent violence in schools in the regions of Huancavelica and Ucayali. Specific objectives include:

Improving the response of the health sector in the provision of quality, comprehensive and differentiated adolescent care, with an emphasis on mental health care and violence prevention for girls.

Improving the capacity of the protection and education sectors to promote health and prevent and address all types of violence in schools, especially gender-based violence, in a timely manner.

* For more information about UNICEF please visit https://www.unicef.org/