Una Peru | Library of Resources for Women in Peru
BFA Student: Sergio Burgos
Faculty Advisor: Aynne Valencia and Kristian Simsarian
Peru is one of the countries in South America with the highest rates of gender violence. With a population of more than 30 million, 7 in 10 Peruvian women have suffered physical or psychological abuse and more than 50 women were killed just in 2015, according to the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations. Sadly, gender-based violence in Peru goes far beyond reported cases. For many decades, women have been abused, even by the one entity supposed to protect them: our government. Gender violence represents an epidemic, embedded in Peruvian culture, and slowly eroding the integrity of my country.
As both a Peruvian citizen and an Interaction Designer, I wanted to apply the knowledge and experience I have now to approach this urgent social issue in the country where I was born. I challenged myself and a group of people in Peru to think of ways in which we could create a unified system of feminist initiatives, and use existing technology to facilitate better access to resources that are currently available. Together, we created an online library of feminist resources for women in Peru that we believe many can benefit from. Both people who want to find, share, or use these resources, and the organizations or communities who are constantly looking for ways to reach to those who they can help.