In Lima, the capital of Peru with 9 million inhabitants, the month of March has been dedicated to women. For 31 days, 12 projects (concerts, film projects, fairs etc.) putting women in the spotlight have been taking place around the town. One of them, a photo exhibition by Terre des hommes (Tdh) Peru, submitted to the Mayor of Lima, was selected by the Department of Culture.
Putting faces to the restorative juvenile justice project
“Mujeres que luchan: Reconociéndose” (literally, “women who fight”), this photo exhibition, put together by Gloria Pardo, invites visitors to discover the 12 portraits of women who have come face to face with the problem of justice for minors, whether as a mother, sister, grandmother, guardian, teacher or even victim.
These pictures thus tell the story of each of these women; stories that are often complex but a source of inspiration. In actual fact, these women have overcome adversity (crime, violence) when dealing with and talking to adolescents of whom they were the victim, teacher or guardian. Minors in trouble with the law have meanwhile completed a socio-educational programme organised by the Tdh Foundation in El Agustino (Lima) and José Leonardo Ortiz (Chiclayo).
A clear educational objective
Tdh is counting on publicising their restorative juvenile justice projects, to let people know about the subject in order to raise public awareness of the importance of alternatives to incarceration. When the human relationship between the child who has committed an offence and his/her victim is broken, Tdh promotes the restoring of the social link making a lasting harmony in society possible. This photo exhibition thus underlines the crucial role that women have to play in this process.
The pictures will be displayed in Plaza de Armas, the main square in Lima. They will then take over more areas in Peru and even Switzerland. All these portraits will be present in Geneva from 26th–30th January, 2015 for the World Congress on Juvenile Justice.