HHH Prof. Ewig responds to denials that forced sterilizations of poor, indigenous women occurred in Peru

Women’s and Human rights groups in Peru have been up in arms over the release of a new book that seeks to re-write the history of forced sterilizations of principally poor and indigenous women that took place under the government of Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000).

HHH Professor and Director of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Christina Ewig, weighed in on the debate with a critical review of the content and methods of the book, which the book's author frames as a public policy analysis of the then-family planning program. Professor Ewig’s review drew on her own research on Peru’s family planning program in the 1990s, and was featured in a full page spread — vis a vis the book’s author — on the opinion pages of Peru’s most respected daily, El Comercio. Grand attention to a book may seem unusual, but the political consequences in this case are potentially large. Not only are there more than 5,000 women that have testified to abuses under the Fujimori government’s family planning program, and still await legal recourse, but recent elections in which Alberto Fujimori’s daughter, Keiko Fujimori, has run for president, she has lost by a razor-thin margin. In each of these elections she has faced strong critics from human rights groups for her father’s actions in this program, and other forms of human rights abuses. 
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