Economic Empowerment as a Means to Reduce Violence Against Women in Peru Case Study : FINCA Peru (Lima, Peru)
Mesenbring, Ana Maria
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In today’s global capitalist economy, access to credit is increasingly difficult for those in the developing world, particularly women. Through participation in microfinance programs, female clients gain can access not only to credit, but to a plethora of community-building workshops and interpersonal violence reduction programs. This Senior Individualized Project focuses on FINCA Peru, a local-level microfinance organization that seeks to empower indigenous and non-indigenous women in urban and rural areas of Peru. Through discussion of relevant literature and reflection on my internship with FINCA Peru in 2018, this project investigates the ways in which economic empowerment can lead to a reduction of experiences of violence for women in Peru. As an interdisciplinary research project, there is a demonstrated intersection between political science, history, economic development, and feminist theoretical critiques. Additionally, through the inclusion of a set of women’s testimonies, I focus on women’s lived experiences of violence, gendered relations of power, and how these are shaped by discourse and institutions. One of the main goals of this research is to move away from only spectacular depictions of violence into more systemic and endemic depictions that encompass everyday experiences, such as economic violence, racism, and interpersonal violence.