Project hummingbird

Female focused project starting january 2020

Peru is a country with a macho culture in which women are treated condescendingly. Women’s emancipation has only recently emerged. Demonstrations are held against female violence and femicide. News about tragic femicides, rape and assault are being massively shared through social media and women are starting to stand up for themselves. Yet there are still many women who do not find support or do not know where to start. They do not know how to stand up for themselves or how they can become independent.

According to an official investigation into women’s abuse, conducted by Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research (WIN), in 2017, the following figures emerged in Peru:

78% of women say that little or no consideration is given to women’s rights.

30% of women were physically or psychologically abused once in 2017.

41% of women have experienced sexual harassment or sexual abuse in 2017.

The figures of violence against women in the area of Villa El Salvador district in particular shows that this is a necessary project.
Indications per year:
1323 women suffer psychological abuse
1006 women suffer physical abuse
167 women suffer sexual abuse

That is why La Sonrisa, in collaboration with the municipality of Villa El Salvador and the feminist institute Flora Tristán, mainly focuses on women in this project. It’s target group is women in dire economic circumstances from 18 years old, including single mothers, uneducated (young) women and women who want to divorce but are unable to divorce due to financial dependence.

Our goal is to train women to be autonomous and become self-employed entrepreneurs who are aware of their rights.

We achieve that goal by offering every two months a course with the following activities:

  • Bakery course, crafts and sewing classes with lessons in starting their own business. This course is provided by the municipality of Villa El Salvador
  • Muay Thai lessons for self-defense. These lessons are provided by Lisanne van der Molen in name of Stichting La Sonrisa
  • Sexual education and lessons about women’s rights. These lessons are provided by the feminist institute Flora Tristán.