Talk by Coordinator of Peru Support Group on Women's Rights this Thursday 16th January (and other event dates)

Talk by Coordinator of Peru Support Group on Women's Rights this Thursday 16th J

This Thursday, 16th January,  Amy Horton, Coordinator of the Peru Support Group will give a talk to the Cambridge City Group on Women's Rights in Peru. The Peru Support Group is an independent NGO that works with Peruvian groups and an international network to defend human rights, promote social inclusion and strengthen democracy. Women have traditionally suffered disproportionately from the country's pervasive poverty and unemployment, partly as a result of persistent discrimination. Domestic violence remains a serious concern and was reported by the World Health Organisation in 2005 to affect over 50 percent of Peruvian women. Amy Horton will talk about these issues and how the Peru Support Group tries to help. More information about the talk and the Peru Support Group can be found below. This talk was due to take place in October, but has been rescheduled to this Thursday. 

The meeting on Thursday will start at 7.45pm at the Jesus Lane Friends Meeting House and is open to all. After the talk there will be a campaigns meeting, where the group's campaigns will be highlighted and discussed. There will also be letters for signing.

More details about the meeting below. For a full list of diary dates, please click here

 

Talk about the plight of women in Peru by Amy Horton, Coordinator of the Peru Support Group

Thursday 16th January 2014, 7.45pm

Jesus Lane Friends' meeting House, CB5 8BA

Amy Horton, Coordinator of the Peru Support Group, will give a talk about the plight of women in Peru, a country which over the past century has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. The Peru Support Group, an independent NGO, works with  Peruvian groups and an international network to defend human rights, promote social inclusion and strengthen democracy. 

Although women represent half of the population of Peru, they do not have equal access to resources or power. Assumptions about women’s roles in society and at home often obstruct access by women to influential roles in both the public and private sectors. Due to prejudice and discrimination, women historically have suffered disproportionately from the country's pervasive poverty and unemployment. Although human rights issues affect many sectors of the population, there are some violations which are gender - based, or affect women to a greater extent due to prevailing patriarchal systems. In addition, race and class may worsen women’s position in Peruvian society. Amy Horton will highlight the work of the Peru Support Group supporting women's rights. For more information about the Peru Support Group, please visit http://www.perusupportgroup.org.uk

After the talk there will be a AI campaigns meeting. Discussions will be held about actions for the several campaigns that the Cambridge City Group is involved in and there will be letters for signing.

Contact: Andrea Brandt von Lindau: andrea_bvl@yahoo.de

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