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CHIRAPAQ, Centro de Culturas Indígenas del Perú

CHIRAPAQ, Centre for Indigenous Cultures of Peru is an indigenous association that seeks to promote the strengthening of indigenous identity and rights in society. 

CHIRAPAQ’s mission is to generate conditions for a dignified life for indigenous peoples through proposals that facilitate the continuity and development of indigenous life systems, the promotion of organisational and formative processes for assertive and proactive action, advocacy in national and international policies and the positioning of culture and communication for the development of critical interculturality. 

Gender equality, the fight against racism and intergenerational articulation are key to its work, for which, since its foundation in 1986, CHIRAPAQ has worked with a multidisciplinary team of Andean and Amazonian professionals and activists, with a special commitment to children, youth and indigenous women. 

CHIRAPAQ is also part of the indigenous movement at the international level and actively participates in different action networks aimed at achieving the vindication and social, cultural, political and economic development of indigenous peoples. 

CHIRAPAQ’s vision is of an intercultural and democratic society that promotes human rights as well as equity and gender equality, where cultural diversity is valued and racial discrimination is overcome for the benefit of a more just society. 

Country: Peru
Website: chirapaq.org.pe/es/
Twitter: @ChirapaqOficial
Facebook: @ChirapaqOficial

Migreth Berna López (22 years old), of the Yanesha people, in an exchange of knowledge. Community of Shiringamazu, district of Palcazu, province of Oxapampa, Pasco region. Photo: Luisenrrique Becerra Velarda / CHIRAPAQ.
Migreth Berna López (22 years old), of the Yanesha people, in an exchange of knowledge. Community of Shiringamazu, district of Palcazu, province of Oxapampa, Pasco region. Photo by Luisenrrique Becerra Velarde / CHIRAPAQ.
EN: Yanesha woman spinning. Central forest. Photo: Bruno Takahashi/ CHIRAPAQ. ES (original): Mujer Yanesha hilando. Selva Central. Foto: Bruno Takahashi/ CHIRAPAQ.
Yanesha woman spinning. Central forest. Photo by Bruno Takahashi / CHIRAPAQ.
Fiorella López Manchari (37 years old) of the Yanesha people grows vegetables in her family's bio-garden. Unión de La Selva Native Community, district of Villa Rica, province of Oxapampa, Pasco region, Peru. Photo: Luisenrrique Becerra Velarde / CHIRAPAQ.
Fiorella López Manchari (37 years old) of the Yanesha people grows vegetables in her family’s bio-garden. Unión de La Selva Native Community, district of Villa Rica, province of Oxapampa, Pasco region, Peru. Photo by Luisenrrique Becerra Velarde / CHIRAPAQ.

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Main areas of work

  • Strengthen the intercultural citizenship of indigenous peoples and make visible the problem of ethnic and social discrimination, through the promotion of communication and the formation of networks of indigenous organisations, in order to position their demands on the public agenda. 
  • Improve the living conditions of indigenous children and youth through strategies that address gender violence and health and education by strengthening the leadership of indigenous youth who put forward proposals on these issues, seeking to generate social and political changes in their communities and states. 
  • Improve health, organisational strengthening and the participation of indigenous women in decision-making spaces, through specific actions against gender violence and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health. 
  • Strengthen communal management and ownership of the territory by training new indigenous leaders to address environmental problems as a consequence of territorial insecurity, climate change and the lack of indigenous political representation. 
Zoraida Tinco Maldonado (40 years old), of the Quechua people, harvests corn on her farm at the end of June. Community of Hualla, Hualla district, Victor Fajardo province, Ayacucho region, Peru. Photo: Luisenrrique Becerra Velarde / CHIRAPAQ.
Zoraida Tinco Maldonado (40 years old), of the Quechua people, harvests corn on her farm at the end of June. Community of Hualla, Hualla district, Victor Fajardo province, Ayacucho region, Peru. Photo by Luisenrrique Becerra Velarde / CHIRAPAQ.

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Areas of work proposed in the IKI project

CHIRAPAQ supports indigenous Andean and Amazonian communities in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The aim is to increase recognition and support for indigenous rights and knowledge, under a strategy that includes strengthening community monitoring and territorial governance systems, regenerating biodiversity, promoting community-led initiatives and spaces for dialogue. It is carried out in collaboration with CHIRAPAQ and the Yanesha and Quechua peoples of Selva Central and Ayacucho. 

Sisters Mercedes and Edita, from the Quechua people, harvest sisa yuyo (wild turnip flower) a few minutes from their home. Saurama community, Saurama district, Vilcas Huamán province, Ayacucho region, Peru. Photo: Luisenrrique Becerra Velarde / CHIRAPAQ.
Sisters Mercedes and Edita, from the Quechua people, harvest sisa yuyo (wild turnip flower) a few minutes from their home. Saurama community, Saurama district, Vilcas Huamán province, Ayacucho region, Peru. Photo by Luisenrrique Becerra Velarde / CHIRAPAQ.

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