By Luz Maria Sanchez Hurtado. Director, ESTRATEGIA - October 2013
Grasssroots women from 13 districts from urban and rural communities were empowered to advocate for their demands from the authorities and form the National Women's Federation in land and housing access rights, free from domestic violence.
The training of the grassroots women in sensitizing and leadership, self esteem, human rights focusing on land and housing access rights, and advocacy were important issues the grassroots women learnt. On urban legislation issues, the women learned about the legal Constitution and were trained in their respective districts.
Women from rural districts of the Province of Cañete and San Luis district, and Chincha Province and Grocio Prado district, were trained both located at the South of Lima. Also 11 urban districts located in the peripheral areas of Lima were trained as well.
San Luis District, Cañete Province
These women come from the Provinces of Apurímac, Huancavelica, Ayacucho.
Because of the problem of terrorism, the women occupied new areas.
An important group of these women got the land titling from the government authorities thanks to their fighting for the land and housing access rights, while there are another women sector that occupy the hills and are in the process to obtain the land titling.
Grocio Prado District, Canete Province
Women from Grocio Prado District had a participatory and concerted training.
They hope that with their knowledge of the Constitution, they can now start advocating to the local authorities for their rights of land and housing access to the local authorities, to support their families, with the bonus of the Housing Ministry – to support them through the Housing and Subsidies program.
The women from Vista Alegre community said that they will feel more secure with their own organizaton representing their district. The women said so due to this is the first time the women started to build their capacities in land regulation and learnt how to follow up the process to become titled.
Amelia from the Rimac district said that she is now in the group of leaders who are defending their rights to get the water supply and sewage in their communities.
The women from the Rimac district said that they will start to coordinate with the local authorities and try to dialogue and negotiate with them, but if they are not successful, they will go to the streets to march and advocate to the authorities to get a solution for the lack of land titling.
San Martin de Porres District
The women from the San Martin de porres district said that they did not know that the access to land and housing is a human right and that this is why they need to fight.
Old Lima City
The women from the old Lima city said that they for 30 years had a man as a community leader and that this is the opportunity of the empowered women to become leaders. Actually, the women from this area occupy the leadership of the community of Santa Rosa and got important results for the community; this is why now the women are respected as community leaders.
The women from the Carabayllo district feel very motivated due to the fact that they elected a police woman as president of their women's organisation.
Their president has promised the women that they will be respected, and that she will do her best to help them to avoid violations or attacks from men.
Group Leaders Appointed
Estrategia, Centre of Investigation & Action for Urban Development & Women United for a Better Community
The total districts that benefited from the sensitizing and training workshops in land and housing rights were:
the rural districts of: Chincha Province (District of Grocio Prado – El Porvenir) and Province of Cañete (District of San Luis – Los Ángeles) at the south of Lima.
the urban Districts benefited are: El Rímac, Los Olivos, Ventanilla, Surco, Chorrillos, San Juan de Lurigancho, San Martin de Porres, Lima cercado, Independencia, Puente Piedra and Huachipa.
The 13 women leaders groups presented to lima public registers to get the legalization:
Grocio Prado District, Chincha Province
- President: America De La Cruz Yupanqui
- Vice President: Maribel Magallanes Vila
- Secretary of Organisation: Jessica Saravia Saravia
- Secretary of Economy: Maura Hernandez Fajardo
- Secretary of Acts: Alina Carbajal Yataco
- Secretary of Health: Olga Saravia Almeyda
- Spokesperson: Maria Esperanza Saravia Almeyda
San Luis District, Canete Province
- President: Isabel Centeno Silvera
- Vice President: Julia Cabrera Bautista
- Secretary of Organisation: Rosi Reynoso Rodriguez
- Secretary of Economy: Luz Flores Paucar
- Secretary of Acts: Lidia Aybar Canchero
- Secretary of Health: Carmen Flores Huaira
- Spokesperson: Francisca Alcocer Medina
Los Olivos District
- President: Eutropia Ayllon
- Vice President: Elvira Rojas Pena
- Xecretary of Orgasnisation: Alejandrina Rodriguez Castillo
- Secretary of Economy: Teresa Vila Vila Quispe
- Secretary of Acts: Aurora Vila Vila Quispe
- Secretary of Health: Maria B. Ballona
- President: Ursula Milagros Lay Rojas
- Vice President: Lucia Imelda Chavez Zegarra
- Secretary of Organisation: Elizabeth Lopez Villar
- Secretary of Economy: Rosa Hilda Hernandez
- Secretary of Acts: Elizabeth Chavez Valverde
- Secretary of Health: Daysi Asuncion Diaz Mendoza
- Spokesperson: Yeda Susy Navarro Ruiz
San Juan de Lurigancho District
- President: Carmen Tarazona Mesa
- Vice President: Claudia Mark Coruejo Torres
- Secretary of Organisation: Maria Pita Campos
- Secretary of Economy: Nancy Tarazonia Mesa
- Secretary of Acts: Zenobia
- Secretary of Health: Carla Kiara Martinez Cornejo
- Spokesperson: Leonor Antonia Beltran Santiago
Santiago de Surco District
- President: Poldy Lopez Bernales
- Vice President: Irma Ruiz Cardenas
- Secretary of Organisationh: Zulema Velito Pachas
- Secretary of Economy: Jesus Hidalgo Sanchez
- Secretary of Acts: Sonia Chumpitazi Tello
- Secretary of Health: Modesta Ticona Mamani
- Spokesperson: Lucy Urbina Altamirano
- President: Natividad Julia Changualla
- Vice President: Luisa Maria Arone Calderon
- Secretary of Organisation: Jessica Viviana Rivera Ascue
- Secretary of Economy: Rosa Maria Perez Hermogenes
- Secretariy of acts: Maria Rosario Camacho Changualla
- Secretary of Health: Maria Isabel Paredes Laurente
- President: Felicita Noemi Soto Avila
- Vice President: Rosario Hurtado de Allende
- Secretary of Organisation: Elsa Tello Briones
- Secretary of Economy: Pascual Aguilar de Alfaro
- Secretary of Acts: Miriam del Pilar Rojas Urbina
- Secretary of Health: Graciela Maria Vargas Raygada
- Spokesperson: Elizabeth Farro Medina de Sarzio
San Martin de Porres District
- President: Susana Galan
- Vice President: Gisella Guerro
- Secretary of Organisation: Nancy Torres Andrade
- Secretary of Economy: Juana Castillo Galan
- Secretary of Acts: Silvia Gonzaga
- Secretary of Health: Marina Gomero
- Spokesperson: Marcelina Cencho
- President: Margarita Giraldo Norabuena
- Vice President: Virginia Bonifacia Ugarte Rivera
- Secretary of Organisation: Rosario Valdez Pacas
- Secretary of Economy: Teonila Gonzales Chilce
- Secretary of Acts: Ruth Yapu Coaquira
- Secretary of Health: Janet Evelyn Julca Rivera
- Spokesperson: Edith Carmen Rios Villalon
Puente Piedra District
- President: Concepcion Maria Quispe Palomino
- Vice President: Florentina Corina Valerio Pujay
- Secretary of Organisation: Lissbeth Liz Chavez Guevara
- Secretary of Economy: Maria Jovita Olivera Espinoza
- Secretary of Acts: Giovanna Esperanza Parave Marcos
- Secretary of Health: Cecilia Lopez Terrones
- Spokesperson: Doris Ludi Guevara Vargas
- President: Laura Jaime Campos
- Vice President: Alejandrina Matos Chaupis
- Secretary of Organisation: Ofelia Calderon Puente
- Secretary of Economy: Ana Maria Gutierrez Tovar
- Secretary of Acts: Rosa Olivares Fuertes
- Secretary of Health: Medaly Moreno Vidaurre
- Spokesperson: Modesta Bellido Huillca
Old Lima City District
- President: Alicia Guadalupe Malqui Apolinario
- Vice President: Ana Maria Portillo Bautista
- Secretary of Organisation: Gisella Cecilia Jaramillo Lopez
- Secretary of Economy: Veronica Cecilia Espiniza Jaramillo
- Secretary of Acts: Carol Paola Julian Rivero
- Secretary of Health: Mercedes Nieves Vega Castillo
- Spokesperson: Edith Angelica Rivera Bendita
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