Afro-Peruvians have few protections under Peruvian law, and young women in the Afro-Peruvian community frequently face racism and stereotyping that impacts all elements of their lives.
Katherine, an Afro-Peruvian activist and founder of Empodérate, creates programs for Afro-Peruvian girls to build community, find strength in their identity, and to ensure the well-being of their community. Her community workshops include leadership training based on Afro-descendent culture — to revive and claim their community’s identity. It also includes environmental protection workshops so that Afro-Peruvian girls have the awareness and skills to lead community campaigns against environmental degradation. Through these workshops, girls gain confidence and are able to push back against racism as they fight for recognition of their rights.
Katherine is a role model in her community, contributing to the movement to ensure that Afro-Peruvian girls are seen, heard, and leading.