|Movimiento Manuela Ramos|
Founded in Lima, Peru in 1978, Movimiento Manuela Ramos (Manuela Ramos Movement) has grown from a small grassroots organization to a regional leader in promoting women’s health and rights. Movimiento Manuela Ramos focuses on promoting gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights, stopping violence against women, and enabling women to become economically independent and politically active.
With IWHC’s support, Movimiento Manuela Ramos has expanded its work with young people, and particular young women, in Pucallpa, a rapidly growing town located in the Central Amazon of Peru. The main industries in Pucallpa are timber and gas, which offer few employment options for young women. As a result, they are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation, sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections, and unwanted pregnancies. Movimiento Manuela Ramos collaborates with youth organizations and peer educators in Pucallpa to give young people information about their rights and health.
Movimiento Manuela Ramos's work in Pucallpa builds on a model it pioneered in the 1990s, which engaged rural indigenous women in identifying their reproductive health needs and creating responsive community health interventions. IWHC has partnered with Movimiento Manuela Ramos since 1989.
"I thank Manuela Ramos so much for its work with us. Manuela Ramos came to my community and with great patience for two years taught us everything on sexual and reproductive health. We did not know anything about it. Thanks to what I learned, I decided that I want to continue studying to become an obstetrician. I will always thank Manuela Ramos for this, from the depth of my heart.” -- Cledia Bardales Fernandez, a young indigenous woman from the San Franscisco Community, near Pucallpa, Peru.
Check out this video with Milagros de Rama, of Movimiento Manuela Ramos, discussing her work with young Peruvians.
To learn more about Movimiento Manuela Ramo, visit their website.