Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

To spread and defend the rights of excluded people who face discrimination due to poverty, age, gender, color, language or culture. Our methods include implementing politically effective actions, services and other necessary means. Our work stands for gender equality and that the marginalized people themselves recognize their rights and strive to realize them through strategies which express their empowerment and that develop through their active participation.
Jun 21, 2016

Advocacy of CDW's rights at La Casa de Panchita

Vote for child domestic workers!
Vote for child domestic workers!

Dear supporters,

May and June have been quite busy months. On June 5th Peru elected the new President of the Republic.

Members of five groups of teenage and young adult domestic workers, trained and assessed by AGTR, gathered at La Casa de Panchita and reflected on what they wanted to do ask the new president. We would like to share with you the hopes of those children who work "at home".

Since 2009 we have worked with them and they not only come frequently to LCP but motivate other girls to participate in our activities. We feel proud of their ability to express their ideas and feelings. These are their messages full of hope:

  • More educational and recreational spaces for children!
  • No more children under 14 years old working!
  • Higher and better employment for parents, so that children won’t have to work!
  • Free family planning counselling! 
  • Harder measures against employers of underage workers (14 years old, according to Peruvian law)!

We would like to thank you for your support in raising funds towards ensuring a safe space for child domestic workers in Lima, Peru!

 

Sincerely,

Blanca Figueroa

Jun 15, 2016

Support our girls once again on Bonus Day!

Sunday sessions at La Casa de Panchita
Sunday sessions at La Casa de Panchita

Dear Supporters,

Today is BONUS DAY! As you may know, donations made to our project will be matched by GlobalGiving at 50% (up to $1,000 per donor), starting at 9am EDT (3pm ECST). This is a very important day for us and for the girls in child domestic labour we support. Today you can make a great(er) difference!

Thanks to your donations, Sunday sessions with child domestic workers  are up end running! These sessions are very important for girls like Iveth, a 12 year-old child labourer who is afraid of dropping the baby she takes care of, and of suffering physical abuse while working at her employer’s house. At La Casa de Panchita she learned about her rights as a child and about a place called DEMUNA, where she can report violations to her rights and receive additional help. 

Please consider making a donation to keep helping girls like Iveth reclaim their childhood!

Thank you!

Sincerely

Blanca Figueroa

 

Iveth
Iveth
Mar 28, 2016

Assertiveness training at La Casa de Panchita

Workshops with CDWs at La Casa de Panchita
Workshops with CDWs at La Casa de Panchita

Dear Supporters,

This time we want to talk about a particular aspect of our work at La Casa de Panchita: promoting empowerment of girls and adolescents who perform child domestic work (CDW).

These girls in CDW, not only often enter school at a late age, but they also fall behind up to three years, as keep failing due to the limited time they are able to dedicate to their studies. And his situation also leads to other problems.

One of these problems is low self-esteem. CDWs do not value themselves due to the fact that domestic work is an underrated job in Peru. There is a general belief that it is an occupation for indigenous people, still victims of racism, or lower socio-economic classes. These adolescents experience abuse and disparagement:

  • “Employers often tell us: You are useless, worthless! If they think we did not do what they told us, the way they told us” (Patricia, 13, child domestic worker).
  • “My employer often tells me that I never learn what she teaches me. She gets very angry and shouts at me” (Maria, 14, child domestic worker).
  • “Employers often tell us that we are useless, that we are not able to perform the simplest task” (Diana, 12, child domestic worker).

At La Casa de Panchita, through workshops and individual guidance, CDWs learn about the risks involved in domestic work, as well as about their right to attend punctually and regularly school or enjoy recreational time. They become aware of their rights, do not accept to be mistreated anymore and start looking for better employment options (unfortunately, it is not always possible to withdraw these girls from child labor).

Our organization also implements activities to sensitize employers. We urge them to change their attitude towards domestic workers to end social segregation. It is a hard and round-the-clock task, but we are starting to see positive results!

Thank you for your continued support!

Best Regards,

 

Blanca Figuroa

 
   

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