- A series of audio-recorded episodes make visible the stories of resilience of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the face of gender-based violence and mental health needs in Lima, Tumbes and Piura. In addition, it provides useful tools to guarantee the protection of your rights abroad.
Some Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Peru believe that because they are foreigners, they do not have the right to file complaints when they face gender-based violence, lack access to health services, or show irregularities in their migration routine. There is misinformation and in some cases indifference on the part of the Peruvian authorities.
Dozens of them face conditions of inequality because they are migrant women; However, there are Venezuelan leaders who make these problems visible and help others overcome adversity.
Thus the podcast was born Stories with SAMMI, a name inspired by the initials of the Services of Attention to Migrant and Refugee Women (support for Venezuelans in Peruvian territory). This podcast is part of CARE Peru’s Invisible Borders project, it makes visible the difficulties faced by Venezuelan women of different ages in the Andean country and allows their voices to reach more people who, like them, ignore difficult situations and sometimes they don’t. . Learn where to go, who to contact or how to report.
In the episodes they share how they empower themselves and strengthen their leadership skills to support others and address key needs of the Venezuelan community in Peru.
On August 5, the first episode Stories with SAMMI, titled “Health as a Right Denied to Migrant Women”. It is the number one episode of the first season focusing on the mental health, violence and sexual-reproductive health issues of Venezuelan women in Lima, Tumbes and Piura.
These stories are told by Venezuelan women who, based on their experience, want to create a positive impact on their audience and generate empathy in the Peruvian community with their stories of resilience.
said Ana Monzon, Communications Specialist of Fronteras Invisibles Newspaper That the project also seeks to strengthen the capacities of the migrant community. This is because Venezuelan leaders attend workshops on mental health, gender-based violence and Peruvian law so they know how to denounce irregularities.
Additionally, she explained that stories told from the voices of Venezuelan women help break down cultural barriers that may exist and create empathy so that those who hear them understand what migrants face.
Stories with SAMMI: An example of double vulnerability
Being a Venezuelan in Peru means dealing with critical situations on a daily basis that can even threaten your life. Some people living in Inca land express it this way. They say they feel doubly sensitive for being a woman and for being a migrant or refugee.
Sometimes they believe that their rights are not respected, it is more difficult for them to be heard, to denounce inequalities and to demand justice because they are in a country where they believe that the laws are different for them and they feel insecure.
That is why they created support networks and, with the support of organizations that promote public policies in favor of the most vulnerable populations, they took the initiative to lead social programs for the benefit of all, regardless of nationality.
Since I was in Peru I noticed that whenever Venezuelans came they came with more needs and had a lot of work, especially those who came with children and I couldn’t stay without doing anything. That’s why I organized others and we started providing support.”
Paola, Piura’s community leader, told El Diario.
Like Paola, who is in charge of the Piura group, other Venezuelans in the Lima and Tumbes regions are leaders in their communities. They create and promote social projects that respond to the main needs of Venezuela.
Venezuela in Peru
Currently 1,286,464 Venezuelans live in Peru, according to official statistics for Refugees and Migrants for Venezuela (R4V), an organization co-led by the UN Refugee Agency (ACNUR). And according to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) targeting the Venezuelan population living in the country (Enpove 2018), 47.7% are women.
A call to action and not silence
Venezuelan girls and young women living in Peru are also victims of bullying, discrimination, violence and xenophobia. on the podcast Stories with SAMMI They find a place where they feel free to share their worries, fears and problems without being judged. They know that like them, other teenagers have gone through or are going through the same thing and to many people seem unrecognizable when listening to them and when they recognize themselves in those stories they don’t feel so alone abroad.
They participate in the second season, which is called SAMMI and Chamas on the microphone. in In four episodes, these girls and young women who became migrant activists, graduates of the Chamas en Action project and participants in the LALAS program of the feminist organization Quinta Ola, explain the importance of not remaining silent and denouncing acts of injustice to the authorities.
This season’s episodes present a panorama of difficulties that young people must overcome on the streets or in educational centers, a place in which they feel safe.
The audio, which airs as a conversation between supportive friends, tells where to go and how to report cases of violence and discrimination. They also invite other migrants and refugees to take the lead in defending their rights, regardless of the country they are in.
A podcast that records stories of resilience
These women are leaving an important example in Peru. They report mental health needs such as depression or anxiety, situations of discrimination, gender-based violence, xenophobia, school and sexual harassment. They make visible the problems faced by Venezuelan refugees and migrants due to their nationality and other reasons.
They provide useful tools through this format to reach more people, as they are episodes that are no longer than 10 minutes and can be listened to on the way to work, while preparing for school or before going to bed.
So far there are two seasons that record the Venezuelan experiences in cities like Lima, Tumbes and Piura. This podcast is funded by the German federal government and is related to CARE Peru’s Invisible Borders project, which promotes access to mental, sexual and reproductive health services for migrant and refugee women and strengthens their leadership skills. In addition, it provides free psychological support, case management and support in immigration regulation to survivors of gender-based violence.