Living within the Collapsed Myth of Multiculturalism: Afro-descendent women during Covid-19
ReVista, Harvard Review of Latin America


“What happens to a woman when you tell her she has a choice for what her life can be and suddenly her whole identity of having to serve and take care of others, is taken away from her?” said Angie Campos, P.hD. candidate whose work is dedicated to the personal and political growth of the Afro-Peruvian population. ”It's a process that takes time.”

Fiorella Solis, 19, Sociology student

As a developing country, Peru's socio economic inequalities mean around 49% of the general population attend higher education, 72.5% depend on day-to-day informal labour and an increase in migration towards the capital city in search for better life opportunities has expanded the capital city. Talking about priviledge is a sensitive and painful subject, in which historical oppresion and violence are revived through the lack of understanding on the power system implemented during the foundation of colonial Peru.

Vargas sisters

Since the 16th of March, the sense of Peruvian pride collapsed as the gastronomic and tourism sectors closed, leaving out in the open the increasingly exacerbated infrastructure crises affecting the indegenous and peripheral populations. “The only governmental entity that mentions Afro Peruvians, is the Ministry of Culture. As if we only exist to contribute to Peru’s gastronomic and musical image without addressing that Afro Peruvians have been living through systemic crises. Everyone talks about the doctors working in the frontlines but there is no talk about the Afro Peruvian women living in the frontlines”, said Melody Palma, a 25 year old law graduate and activist. 

Rosa Martinez, 70

Melody Palmas, 25

Lizette Chumpitaz, 45

Ivonne Chumpitaz, 50

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