From tackling gender-based violence to promoting equality, children and young people from Peru will be taking action and calling for change at a high-level meeting focusing on child human right defenders in Geneva, Switzerland.
As champions of youth rights, Yilda, 24, and Luis, 16, will be attending a general discussion for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on behalf of Amnesty International Peru.
Yilda, 24, from Peru, has witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of gender-based violence. She was stalked and harassed by her ex-boyfriend for months and, despite speaking out, was ignored by authorities. Yet, she is still determined to make her voice heard.
“I work on these issues because it’s empowering, and it helps me heal. I’ve met so many other girls who have experienced the same issues as me and I want to make sure they are supported and heard,” said Yilda. “There are many of us who want to see a change in our community. We deserve to have our voices heard and respected.”