The Impact of Machismo on Women's Health and Security in Peru and How the State Fails Women

In Peru, women are victims of intimate partner femicide due to machismo culture and gender inequality. The prevalence of such crimes does not seem to diminish in spite of social efforts and legislature reform. This systematic literature review examined areas in which the state is failing women and found that gender equality and gender violence legislature is either weakly written or unenforced, or a combination of both. In addition, the literature also discovered that lack of enforcement of law is due to prevalent machismo culture in the country. Future legislation needs to address this machismo culture to improve gender equality and provide tools to effectively enforce the law, in order to successfully reduce the prevalence of intimate partner femicide in Peru.