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Awareness of Rights as a Path to Empowerment for Women with Chirapaq in Peru, 2012
Update to the Global Board
During this reporting period, through the strategic alliance between The Hunger Project and Chirapaq, projects in the regions of Ayacucho and Cusco have worked with 1,350 Quechua women to improve living conditions for themselves and their families through the development of entrepreneurial skills and civic participation.
- Educate indigenous women about their socioeconomic rights;
- Provide leadership and skills training; and
- Improve access to financial resources for indigenous women and their families;
All THP-Chirapaq program activities are designed to have a positive impact on indigenous women’s self-esteem. A key to the program’s success is enabling the women to recognize their value as proactive members of society. A longer-term goal of the project is to promote a more positive image of Quechua women within the often racially divided sociopolitical environment in Peru.
The strategic alliance between THP and Chirapaq has helped Quechua women advance in recognition of their rights and allowed them to position themselves as major contributors to the defense of their rights as women and as indigenous peoples. With this newfound confidence, women are taking action to improve the quality of life of their families and their communities.
“Warmikuna tarpurisun: Women Planting the Seeds of Change against Hunger and Poverty” is the most recent project implemented through Chirapaq’s Indigenous Women Program. Through this program, 70 Quechua women from the Indigenous Women Organization of Laramate-IWOL (Ayacucho) and 30 Quechua the Women Peasant Federation of the Anta Province-WPFAP (Cusco) participated in economic activities. The project aims to economically empower Quechua women to exercise their human rights within the intercultural framework of a democracy and to contribute to the reduction of hunger and poverty. The women have been engaging in a variety of income generating activities such as; production and sale of organic vegetables; raising and sale of cuye (guinea pigs); agricultural product transformation; and the sale of dairy products and honey at local markets.
As such, Chirapaq is offering the necessary tools to improve and strengthen the management and planning capacities of the women in the Quechua organizations of Anta (Cusco) and Laramate (Ayacucho). In addition, a targeted focus has been made on their role in the local government’s process of creating and managing participatory budgets and in strengthening the women’s entrepreneurial capacities and business management skills.
During this first quarter, the executed activities permitted the women organizations involved to better understand their rights. They learned about human rights in the context of rights as a principal method to improve their family’s quality of life through their voices being heard and them being seen as leaders of their communities. Two development project proposals were prepared by the women, and presented to and approved by their local government during participatory budget sessions.
Chirapaq’s Alliance with The Hunger Project is contributing to the strengthening of management and advocacy skills of the Quecha women from Ayachuco and Cusco so that they can work in partnership with local government to improve their family’s lives.
October 7, 2012