“Entre panas y patas”: Inclusive materials to address gender-based violence among peruvian and venezuelan adolescents

  • April 13, 2021
  • Area: Humanitarian aid

“Entre panas y patas”, a series of 4 videos and a magazine, seeks to show adolescents how to identify gender violence and provide information on reporting channels. The videos include Spanish subtitles and Venezuelan Sign Language (VSL) interpretation.

With the support of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Save the Children presents: “Entre panas y patas,” a series of 4 videos targeting adolescents to help them identify gender violence and provide information on assistance and reporting channels. In these videos, we meet Fleyner, a psychologist and host of the online radio show “Entre panas y patas“, who receives anonymous stories of Peruvian and Venezuelan adolescents seeking advice or help. Through these cases, he explores sexual abuse, street harassment, grooming and romantic love, providing guidance on how to act and the available reporting channels.

Bearing in mind that adolescents not only experience violence, but can also learn to reproduce it, the videos seek to help men and women learn to relate to each other without violence. The “Entre panas y patas” videos are complemented by a magazine that contains the stories in comic format, and further information on each type of violence addressed.

As is well known, female children and adolescents are the primary victims of gender violence in Peru. Up to October 2020, the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP) registered more than 67,000 cases of violence against women. Of these, 36% were cases involving female children and adolescents. On the other hand, INEI reports that between 2012 and 2018, there were 28,607 reports of sexual violence against female children and adolescents.

However, this type of violence is not always overt and does not always leave marks on the skin. In this regard, street harassment, psychological violence or “toxic” relationships are also situations of violence to which, unfortunately, Peruvian girls and female adolescents are exposed. In addition to this reality, Venezuelan migrant girls and female adolescents face other problems such as a high risk of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and hyper sexualization. Besides, they do not always have access to guidance and reporting mechanisms, due to lack of knowledge or fear of discriminatory treatment.

Venezuelan adolescents with hearing impairment

In recent years, Peru has received an inflow of more than one million Venezuelan migrants and refugees fleeing the generalized crisis afflicting their country. Of these, it is estimated that around 20% are children and adolescents (INEI, 2018). Unfortunately, there is still no accurate data on the characteristics of this population, such as the types of disabilities they present.

The only official figures are those compiled by the National Council for Integration of Persons with Disabilities (Conadis) based on the Disability Cards it issues. In that sense, only 42 Venezuelans, aged 18 to 44 years, with hearing disabilities received such card. However, this figure clearly hides a larger number of unattended population.

Therefore, the “Entre panas y patas” series has been produced with an inclusive approach, including Spanish subtitles and interpretation into Venezuelan sign language.

About the program

These materials have been produced within the framework of the project “Assistance for the Well-being and Inclusion of Migrant and Refugee Families in Peru”, implemented by Save the Children with the support of the USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). This project aims to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable and at-risk Venezuelan migrants in Peru, helping them to meet their basic needs and promoting their inclusion in the local economy and society. We seek to reach 26,214 migrants and refugees at risk, of which 10,000 will be children and adolescents.

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