Shipibo teens face some of the highest unwanted pregnancy rates in the whole of Peru. Moreover, in many Shipibo families domestic violence, alcoholism, and sexual abuse tend to be commonplace. In earlier workshops we have discovered ubiquitous histories of physical and sexual abuse, prostitution, and even kidnapping amongst participating young women between the ages of 11 and 19. This violence against Shipibo women stems from global patriarchal attitudes that are affecting young men today.
Alianza Arkana has been creating safe and educational spaces for more than a year in the communities of Bena Jema and Paoyhan. The themes of our work are; sexual and holistic health, violence prevention, self esteem, and assertiveness. We are developing our 4-pillar basis of work which consists of: 3-5 day Participative Workshops (to introduce new topics), Monthly Support Circles (safe spaces), Community-based Health Campaigns (improve access to health), and Participatory-Action Research.
We hope that through these 4 pillars, rates of teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, and preventable diseases are greatly diminished. We hope that a new generation will become more informed about their bodies, and more empowered to pursue their passions with a decolonial mindset. We want women to learn about boundaries and to take up the space that they need, to become leaders in their villages and solve today's problems with innovation. He hope to impact around 200 youth and 50 adults
Learning about our bodies and ourselves in Paoyhan
Hip Hop is youth resistance!
Working with urban shipibo girls
Local women lead, we follow