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Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (PROMSEX)


The expansion of informal and illegal activities in the region (associated with gold mining), the influx of a large number of people to that territory, and lack of a strong, credible presence by State institutions create an environment propitious for violence in Madre de Dios. The Amazon region of Madre de Dios has one of the highest incidences of rape in Peru, where 17.6% were survivors of physical and / or sexual violence by their husband/partner in 2016 compared to 10.8% of women nationally. Other pertinent facts (data likely under-reported as sexual violence tends to be):

• 4 out of every 5 rape allegations in Peru are by women under the age of 18;

• Physical violence is often absent in cases of rape of underage women;

• High tendency that rape is carried out by a single perpetrator who is often known to the survivor;

• Evidence of multiple victimization: victims under 18 tend to suffer several aggressions before denouncing–which suggests that a significant proportion of rapes are not random events but chains of violence and submissions.

• Women who have experienced sexual violation can identify the moment when they began to feel vulnerable (2-3 years earlier). According to a recent in-depth study by Promsex on violence trajectories (life stories), only 18% of rape cases fell outside this pattern. “Time zero” marks the moment when special attention to prevention is needed.


Founded in 2005 and led by Susana Chavez (gynecologist/obstetrician and MA in public health) and a team of experts (psychologists, gender / sexuality expert, political scientist, communicator), Promsex is recognized internationally, regionally, and within Peru as one of the strongest agencies combining program innovations, advocacy and research to move the needle on health and rights. Promsex seeks to promote policies, regulatory frameworks and accountability mechanisms to ensure sexual and reproductive rights; improve the quality of care and access to public health services and education for sexual and reproductive health (SRH); and use innovative research and approaches to influence public policy in favor of equality, diversity, and human rights.

Current Grant:

EMpower’s 3rd grant to Promsex will contribute to the reduction of sexual violence in children and adolescents by further expanding and monitoring the model of prevention established in the first two grants to help detect and control risk factors. Promsex will strengthen the new community space, train additional promoters for its operation, train university students to support the network of protection, mobilize more resources, and continue in advocacy efforts to strengthen the commitment of the State (legal and financial support).

Where is Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (PROMSEX)?

Primary Location: Madre de Dios


Funded Since: 2015

You can support our work with Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (PROMSEX) and our other grantee partners.

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.