Mobilizing Youth And Non-Youth To Volunteer For Sexual Education In Cusco
Banesa founded Ñañaykuna in 2017 as a volunteer group interested in providing popular education to indigenous women about sexual reproductive rights in Cusco, Peru. Regardless of the great passion and sense of commitment the volunteers had for the mission of Ñañaykuna, it was very challenging to retain their engagement and to mobilise funds to compensate them for their time and at the same time cover the costs of their multiple projects. In 2020, during Banesa´s participation in the Youth Action Lab, Ñañaykuña was able to cover the fees to register as a non-profit organisation under Peruvian laws. The primary motivation of this registration was to protect their intellectual rights for the initiatives they create. In 2020, Ñañaykuna focused on a project called “Online Families” that seeks to work with women victims of GBV providing trainings on digital security, sexual education, and preventive measures against COVID-19. They achieved this through radio messages broadcasted throughout Cusco and online, as they were not able to meet in person for most parts of the year. 30 women survivors of GBV who engaged with Banesa´s organisation shared that thanks to the information and conversations facilitated by Ñañaykuna, they are aware they have the right to protect their life and to denounce domestic violence, and they now know what hotline to call to seek support when the police do not respond.
By the end of the year, Banesa’s work got such important recognition locally and regionally that 150 people in Cusco (all ages – young and not so young) expressed interest in volunteering for Ñañaykuna of which 50 were selected to serve as volunteers for a year. This was an increase of 33% compared to the number of applications received a year before. Additionally, the Organisation of States of the Americas recognised them with the award of Best Practices in a Latin American Youth-led Organisation. Thanks to the additional human resources acquired in 2020 and the recognitions, the team is very motivated to continue working in 2021 with the same passion and strength.
Banesa is the founder and lead of Ñañaykuna, which is an organization directed by young people in the city of Cusco, Peru. The collective provides educational tools for the empowerment of women survivors of violence and young people in vulnerable situations in marginal urban areas and rural communities of Cusco. They include in their work the revaluation of cultural identity based on ancestral teachings inherited from the Inca culture.
In these difficult times, Ñañaykuna is committed to supporting women who need information and resources. For which they are implementing the project "Families Online", which seeks to make visible the problems that women have been going through because of the global pandemic, and thus, the world to finally get to see them and support them.
This initiative aims to share information on hygiene practices, digital security and violence prevention strategies. The target population is more than 500 families composed of vulnerable populations, such as single mothers, adolescents and girls in rural communities and peri-urban areas of Cusco. Additionally, they will continue to provide family planning workshops in order to improve the quality of life for all: through equality without distinction.
To achieve this, Ñañaykuna needs you. Let's work together and make the world a better place! Nothing should stop us.