Information from the VSO ( Voluntary Service Organisation) in the UK.
VSO is working in Peru in the areas of participation and governance/access to justice, and youth economic and social inclusion.
Participation and governance/access to justice
Reform of the justice system has been one of the main issues on the public agenda in Peru, and the whole of Latin America, in the past 25 years. The Peruvian justice system has faced complex challenges that prevent it from fulfilling its principal role in a democratic state: the protection of human rights and the solution of legal conflicts. One of the deepest problems is the service offered to indigenous women and children victims of violence. The right to justice is an important condition for exercising citizenship. Justice in rural areas is characterised by the very weak presence, if not absence, of the State.
In Latin America, country-level programming in the Access to Justice for Women and Children sector has been planned within an integrated regional framework. There is coordination with countries outside the region (Burkina Faso, Ghana and Indonesia) that are also participating in this VSO programme. Our work contributes to making formal and alternative justice mechanisms more accessible and responsive to women and children – particularly those from marginalised groups – in confronting problems of violence and other abuses of their fundamental rights. It does so by directly supporting and linking existing local and national initiatives, and by facilitating exchange of relevant knowledge across national and regional boundaries.
The impact of VSO is that women and children, particularly those from marginalised groups, have more effective and accessible means of defending their rights.
Youth economic and social inclusion
In Peru, there are well over seven million young people between the ages of 15 and 29; this number has tripled in the past three decades. Unfortunately, growth in employment opportunities lags far behind the increase in the number of people looking for work. Every year, an estimated 120,000 young people join the ranks of those who are neither studying nor working.
The VSO programme in this area supports the empowerment of young men and women in improving their own quality of life and that of society as a whole, through the generation of improved income and employment opportunities. Youth in four countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are assisted to become active citizens – active in the reduction of poverty and in shaping the future of their communities and societies. The principal focus is on young people facing poverty, underemployment and social exclusion, and on creating opportunities for self-employment and for participation in cooperative, community enterprises.
The impact of VSO is that young women and men confronting poverty, unemployment and social exclusion benefit from access to new opportunities for employment, education and community participation.
General Information from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Around 67,000 British tourists visit Peru every year. Most visits are trouble free and the following is based on the advice of the FCO.
Drug trafficking is a serious crime in Peru and drug smugglers face long terms of imprisonment.
British nationals should be aware of the risk of flying over the Nazca Lines. On 2 October 2010 a light aeroplane crashed at the Lines killing all six people on board, four of them British nationals. This accident, the most recent of several fatal accidents and emergencies at Nazca since 2008, again raises serious doubts about the adequacy of aircraft safety and the maintenance of aircraft flying over the Nazca Lines.
There is a risk of ‘express kidnappings’. You should exercise general caution when travelling around Peru.
Driving standards in Peru (particularly in Lima) are poor. Crashes resulting in death and injury occur frequently.
Street demonstrations and protests are commonplace in Peru, frequently occurring suddenly and sometimes turning violent. You should avoid any area in which large crowds are gathering.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
Register with our LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crises staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency.
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake.
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