Women’s Citizenship and Neopopulism: Peru under the Fujimori Regime

ROUSSEAU, STÉPHANIE: art41] (2006), «~Women’s Citizenship and Neopopulism: Peru under the Fujimori Regime~», Latin American Politics and Society, vol. 48, no 1, p.117-141.


This article argues that the increased participation of women in Peruvian politics in the 1990s and the advances made in some areas of their citizenship rights are connected to the strategies put in place by some sectors of the women’s movement and to the openings provided by the Fujimori regime. Some of the impact of neopopulist rule on political institutions is shown to be positively related to women’s increased opportunities during this period; yet the weak rule of law and the political use of the women’s agenda by an increasingly questionable regime placed the women’s movement in a complex political panorama. A disaggregated analysis of the politics of women’s citizenship reveals that women from the popular sectors did not benefit from the same progress in their rights claims as women from the feminist movement or women in party politics.

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