There is no way to vote for women’s rights in the presidential elections in Peru
In March, Fujimori said that if elected, she would “reassess ‘gender ideology'”, although her government plan does not mention reproductive health or sex education.
But nothing is more revealing about the direction of Fujimori’s party than the fact that Alejandro Aguinaga won a parliamentary seat for Popular Force last month. As Peru’s health minister in the 1990s, under the presidency of Keiko’s father, Aguinaga “oversaw the forced sterilizations,” according to charges laid in March.
Over 270,000 women (and 22,000 men) were sterilized against their will in the late 1990s, as part of a government attempt to reduce the birth rates of poor families. Most of the women were from poor, rural indigenous communities and did not understand or accept the procedure.
the United Nations Committee Against Torture and the OAS Inter-American Human Rights System have repeatedly urged Peru to fully investigate these crimes against humanity and to compensate the victims. In March, after decades of waiting, the cases of 1,306 women finally had their first court hearings.
It is not yet clear whether these cases will continue – or whether Alberto Fujimori, Aguinaga and other offenders will be sentenced. But Keiko said that if she won the presidency, she forgive his father.
In the end, it’s a detail. The big picture is that voters who care about women’s rights don’t have good options in these presidential elections in Peru – a country with the fifth largest population in Latin America.