This little girl is probably 10/11 years old.
This little girl has been working since she knows herself as being a person.
This little girl probably has to walk more than 1hour to reach the school if her parents allow her to have this opportunity, “Studying”.
Her mother is probably 26 years old and she doesn’t know how to read, write or even sign with her name.
This little girl might be raped and getting pregnant by a boy/ man much older than her.
This little girl might get married and get her first son/daughter when she is 16 years old.
This is an hard fact in Peru especially in rural areas as Huamachuco where I have been living since February.
I couldn’t speak about my fantastic and unforgetable EVS experience without mention this terribel fact that I have seen. Peru is a rich country and its inhabitants are really friendly and hospitable but the differences and social disparities are huge, especially when we compare the internal areas and the coast as well as the rural and urban areas.
Speaking about women rights is really necessary and important here. Probably some of us (Europeans) don’t know, but Peru has one of the highest rapes’ rate in the world. In Peru 20 women a day are raped and 90% of them are under 17 years old but only 48% of the victims report these acts. The fear, ignorance and even the accomplishing silence of the relatives who often prefer to keep the aggression hidden, don’t allow the victims to make their report or complain.
I’ve found a raped’s case here in Huamachuco and since I discovered these terrible fact I have been trying to find more information about this thematic. I’ve discovered in Peru some of the victims got pregnant after the rapes, it’s really hard to prove these cases on girls over 12 years old and the maximum penalty is only 12 years in a jail.
In my opinion and since I have been here these facts are the ones that annoy me the most and make me reflect a lot about the social disparities in the world. I also know this thematic can be really strong but I would like to share it with all of you.
Althought these terrible facts, I’m really enjoying my experinence here and I’ve been growing a lot as Human being and for sure I’ll never ever forget this EVS experience.
Helder is the Portuguese volunteer hosted by Proyecto Amigo in Huamachuco, Peru.