Latin America Regional Advisory Council /

Tania Pariona

Tania Pariona is a passionate advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and girls. She served as a member of the Peruvian Congress representing the Ayacucho region from 2016 to 2019. During her tenure, she tirelessly championed the rights of Indigenous communities in Peru, including advocating for prior consultation, land titling, and reparations for victims of the internal armed conflict. In 2018, she was elected president of the Women and Family Committee in Congress, where she made significant contributions to the passage of laws against gender-based violence, the promotion of gender equality, and the advancement of women’s political participation.

Tania is a prominent member of the Continental Link of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA) and a co-founder of several organisations dedicated to empowering Indigenous children and youth at local, regional, national, and international levels. She has actively participated in international forums, including as a representative of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus within the Global Indigenous Coordinating Committee for the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

Tania holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Universidad Nacional de San Cristóbal de Huamanga – UNSCH and a master’s degree in Human Development from the Universidad Católica de Peru. In 2009, she was honoured as a Fellow of the Human Rights Program for Indigenous Leaders, a collaborative initiative between the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.