Peru is the fourth most populous country in South America with a total population of 29.5 million, 45 percent of which are indigenous. The Hunger Project works in partnership with Chirapaq (Center for Indigenous Peoples' Cultures of Peru), an organization founded by both Andean and Amazonian people.
Fourteen women of ECMIA (Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas, or Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas) traveled to New York in mid-May for the thirteenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations.
As the world convenes to decide the priorities for the international development agendas, indigenous women united in Peru to demand that their voices be heard. The World Conference of Indigenous Women (WCIW) took place October 28-30 at the Plaza del Bosque hotel in Lima, Peru with an indigenous women's presence led by The Hunger Project's Tarcila Rivera Zea.
With the aim of demanding that their opinions be considered and their cultures be respected by states, women leaders from Latin America, North America, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Arctic and Russia are to hold a large-scale conference focused on the situation of indigenous women October 28-30 in Lima, Peru.