Mayra, 24 years old
My name is Mayra Steffany Vasquez Tuesta, I am 22 years old, and I am an activist from the city of Iquitos, which it is located in the Amazonia of Peru. Recently, I finished the university in law career.
Since I was eleven years old, I´ve participated in children organizations. My first experience was at school when I was part of children group leaders that allowed me be part of the “Red de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes” (REDNNA) a network of children and adolescents organizations and for three years I had the opportunity to be the Youth Coordinator in REDNNA. Being part of the Network of Children Organizations allowed me to learn that if we identify injustices we can work to find a solution.
In my city, we have a big problem that is human trafficking. Iquitos is one of the most important points of catchment of people, especially in girls. Since years, a lot of people have been catched or kidnaped to be sexual exploited in my city or in others places of Peru, or to be victims of other kind of exploitation. This problem is strengthen with stereotypes about girls from the Amazonia, for that reason since the last year I started a youth organization that is called CADENA CHI CAWEEX, that in Ticuna language it means breaking chains because as young people we understand that we can contribute with big changes in our society and break the chains of slavery, because human trafficking is the modern slavery.
Since that, we have organized activities with help from other people, organizations, governments and NGOs to raise awareness about this big issue. For example we gave training in schools, we have shown movies in squares, we went to some small towns to talk about this issue and we participated in fairs.
Even though money is always a problem, we are optimist and we make activities to collect money, but we know that is not enough. For that reason we it would be such a big honor to be helped by PEACE FIRST because in that way we could come true some ideas that in the past we could not for the economy factor.
What I do for fun is to listen music because in that way I feel relaxed. I like to read. Also, I spend time on facebook as a tool to keep in touch with all kind of news and of course to talk with my friends and share photos of the activities taht we promote.