Rap against sexual violence in Peru
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In Peru, Indigenous Youth Rap Against Sexual Violence

September 18, 2020

On September 6, high school students from the Cusco region of Peru marked International Indigenous Women's Day by creating a rap video demanding girl's rights.

The video also included access to emergency kits and therapeutic abortions in cases of rape.

In the video, shared with the hashtag #WarmallanAmaraqMamaqa (Quechua for “#Girls, not mothers”), students from the Kusi Kawsay educational institution rap about the 700 reports of rape committed against girls during COVID-19 related lockdown.

According to data from the Ministry for Women and Vulnerable Populations’ Aurora National Program, 6072 violence-related cases against children up to 17-years-old were reported during Peru's COVID-19 social isolation period from March 16 and August 31.

The same report adds that 16.2 per cent of minors were victims of sexual violence, of which 92.9 per cent were girls and 7.1 per cent were boys.

Cusco region is the third region nationwide in the rate of sexual violence against minors, with 9.7 per cent of the total attended cases.

The full video shared on September 6, can be viewed on the Kusi Kawsay school Twitter account and on YouTube.

The students' rap in Spanish and in Quechua.

The lyrics, which include “I reveal the fear”, “underestimating women [is] part of colonization” and “never silent,” were written by Elizangela, a 13-year-old teenager.

The Kusi Kawsay School is located in the Písac District, at almost 3000 meters above sea level, and is focused on the education of indigenous children from nearby communities.

The school's philosophy blends elements of Waldorf education with the Andean tradition, striving to holistically enhance students’ artistic, intellectual, and practical skills.

(The above article has been originally written by Gabriela Garcia Calderon Orbe and it first appeared on Global Voices on September 17, 2020, and we have published it as it is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only license

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