At AGTR we continue to support women and girls who are still facing the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and the political instability that the country has faced in recent years. In addition to our regular services for domestic workers and girls exposed to child labor, since May 2020 we have done our best to provide the most vulnerable among our beneficiaries with necessity goods, such as food baskets and hygiene kits. Although this is not our usual approach (we aim at implementing long term impact programs), we believe the circumstances require such actions.
This month we received a generous donation from the Peruvian Ministry of Justice that will allow us to provide approximately 100 low-income households with clothes, especially for girls, boys, and adolescents. Our team is processing the donation at our venue and, thanks to your continued support we will be able to deliver packages to the selected households over the next two weeks. We will share additional information on the results of this and other exceptional activities we are implementing in the coming months.
As always, we are grateful for your help and for everything we are achieving together. Thank you!
The "No somos Invisibles" social broadcasting team
AGTR produces the weekly social broadcasting program “No Somos Invisibles” (we are not invisible) since 2012. The program addresses issues related to the risks of child domestic labor and its consequences on the schooling of children and adolescents who work. Since 2017, it has also promoted the rights of adult domestic workers, so that employers and society in general value the important work of this sector. In the program, interviews are conducted with representatives of the State or specialists in psychological and legal counseling related to paid domestic work. No Somos Invisibles is a valuable tool for social advocacy in Peruvian society, where child labor is considered formative by many people and, despite recent legislative advances, paid domestic work work continues to be informal and not considered “real work ”. Currently the program is broadcast through AGTR's social networks, every Monday from 9pm to 10pm.
During a recent special broadcast to celebrate the ninth anniversary of the program, one of our listeners told us that: “No Somos Invisibles is a very interesting and very valuable program for all domestic workers, because it helps us learn about our labor rights and understand that our work has worth”.
This initiative is possible thanks to your generous contribution. As always, we are grateful for your support and commitment with our causes.
It has been a while since we looked back at what we have achieved together. We would like to share with you what you helped us accomplish during the past three years (from 2018 to 2020). Even during the pandemic, with your support, we were able to keep helping adult domestic workers and girls exposed to child domestic labor:
4,613 women employed as domestic workers were informed about their labour rights and services available to them. AGTR implements an information, motivation and mobilization program for women who work as paid domestic workers so that they are aware of current regulations and the options we offer them to access formal jobs, with all employment benefits.
1,420 domestic workers took part in workshops to improve their negotiation skills, employability and self-esteem. Our training workshops prepare women to negotiate better employment conditions, resolve conflicts in their workplace, and educate them about their rights and duties, according to the law.
1,064 adult domestic workers were placed in formal jobs. Thanks to the support of our in-house employment agency, La Casa de Panchita SAC, trained workers have access to formal jobs, with full recognition of their labor rights, fair pay and decent employment conditions.
156 radio programs were produced and broadcast. AGTR produces and broadcasts the only radio program in Peru dedicated to paid domestic work and the situation of women who work in this sector, with the aim of raising awareness among the rest of society.
30 girls in child domestic labor We support 30 girl child domestic workers through a healthy nutrition and school support program. Every month, the 30 girls from very low-income households receive a highly nutritious food basket, playful-educational workshops and school support so that they can build a better future.
Improving the livelihoods of women employed as domestic workers gives them the means to support their families, preventing the risk of their children to become child laborers. According to a recent survey we carried out, most of our beneficiaries have two or three children and half of them are the only ones providing for their household. Our goal is to stop the spiral of poverty that prevents new generations from low-income social segments from gaining access to the means to build a better future for themselves. With your help we can make it happen! Thank you for your continued interest and support.
As you may know, in Peru we are now in a second lockdown, since January 31, that will last at least until the end of February. Given the circumstances, we are now providing training, legal orientation, and job placement services online. We knew most of our beneficiaries have smartphones and could, in theory, join online training sessions. However, we were afraid many of them would not have sufficient data plans that would allow them to attend all the required sessions, since they use prepaid lines and often do not have the means for top-ups nor a wifi connection at home. Thankfully we are now able to start a data subsidy program, through which we will identify those domestic workers who wish to take part in AGTR's workshop, but cannot pay for a data plan and we will pay for a one-month data package for their mobile line. This will help us make sure that women willing to improve their livelihood and job conditions still have the chance to do so and are not further marginalized due to the pandemic, social distancing, and the new online social distanced society we are living in.
This new initiative, together with the new scholarship program we told you about in a previous report, is aimed at supporting women employed in domestic service during these complicated times and at keeping the momentum we had gained before the pandemic. Over the last two years, AGTR took part in congressional workgroups that led to the ratification of the International Labor Organization Convention on Domestic Workers by the Peruvian Government and the approval of a new law regulating their sector. So, now more than ever is time to keep pushing forward!
Please, consider renewing your much-appreciated support to our project and let's make a difference together! Thank you!
We would like to thank all of you for enabling us to keep supporting domestic workers during the long quarantine in Peru and the ongoing pandemic. Domestic workers are one of the most vulnerable groups in Peru, as they are women from low-income backgrounds, often internal migrants who moved to the city from Andean regions or the Amazon and working in a sector that has historically been marginalized for its ties to slavery and servitude. During the 108-days-long quarantine, most of them lost their job and their livelihood, while not being included in any of the subsidies the Government created for other vulnerable citizens.
At AGTR we were able to raise funds (also thanks to the GlobalGiving Relief Fund) to provide approximately 150 domestic workers and their families with food baskets. The average basket contained approximately 12 kg of non-perishable food, such as rice, beans, oats or canned tuna. We are now working to secure additional funding to help many others who are still in need of assistance and to include sanitary material, such as face masks and hydroalcoholic gel, in the baskets. Some domestic workers are back to work and they need this kind of equipment to protect themselves and others around them.
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