International IDEA, Peru June 4, 2012 – August 4, 2012
Anya worked this summer to advance women’s political participation in Peru and the region for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. She supported existing programmatic efforts to help women parliamentarians improve their political performance and to educate decision makers about gender inequalities. She also helped produce a comparative national diagnosis on parties and gender and shared the findings of forums, research and lobbying efforts with other parity advocates through the iKNOW Politics website. Through this experience, Anya gained a comparative perspective on challenges to women’s political participation and strategies that women can employ as a group striving to achieve political parity. This cross-cultural learning informed Anya’s future work on gender equity in politics in the United States.