Historically, Chumbivilcan women have been excluded from participating in the political, social, and economic processes of the region. However, in the last five years, Chumbivilcan women have gained space in both social and political spheres where they contribute to the decision making in their region.
One of the key milestones for this process was the participatory construction of the Political Agenda of the Chumbivilcan Women. More than 180 women leaders from the eight districts were brought together to design this tool for advocacy and planning.
The Agenda was promoted by CISAL and its construction was led by women’s organizations such as the Association of Women Councilors and Authorities of Chumbivilcas (ARMAPCH), with whom CISAL has worked to strengthen the leadership of 20 provincial councilors and leaders.
Today, women from Chumbivilcas regularly participate in spaces for decision-making and planning, such as participatory budgeting. For the first time in Ccapacmarca, Livitaca, Quiñota and Santo Tomás, the women’s associations have legal representation. Legal representation allows them to contribute to the participatory budgeting process, advocating for investments in women’s rights and projects. Women use the Agenda as an advocacy tool to demand financing for projects in areas such as education, health, and environment.
Another positive development is the creation the Table For the Eradication of Violence Against Women, a multi-actor space bringing together twelve institutions working to end violence against women. The table was created after a social inclusion study supported by CISAL, which identified domestic violence as one of the main concerns of women. With the support of Fort St. John, BC and its mayor Lori Ackerman, the Table has moved forward plans to create a women’s shelter, securing land, beginning fundraising efforts, and advocating to the national government ministries.
Furthermore, the creation of the radio program called “Chumbivilcas towards 2025” has helped to empower women and raise awareness on women’s issues. Typically radio is an influential medium in this region but women are not generally part of the debate. In this case, 35 women (of 60 guests) took the microphones of the stations to talk about women’s empowerment, gender equity, and the role of women in sustainable development.