Founded in 2001 by then 21-year-old Monica Carrillo, in preparation for the third United Nations International Conference against Racism in Durban South Africa, the Center for Afro-Peruvian Studies and Empowerment (Centro de Estudios y Promocion Afroperuano or LUNDÚ) is an anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-homophobia organization focused on empowering a new generation of Afro-Peruvian leaders. LUNDÚ’s institutional mission is to promote Afro-Peruvian youth empowerment advocating against racism, sexism and homophobia in Peru through three lines of work: grassroots organizing; training and capacity building; and promotion of Afro-Peruvian culture.
Since September 2009 and partly with the financial support of IWHC, Lundu has been leading a public opinion and media campaign against racism and sexism. The campaign has been covered by the national media and received with great enthusiasm by local people, civil society organizations, academic world and political authorities, which took active part in it. In this context, a few weeks ago the Peruvian Government issued a resolution formally apologizing for “centuries of abuse, exclusion and discrimination”.
Racism is deeply ingrained in the Peruvian society, with particularly strong prejudices against afro-peruvian women, whose image is reduced to their alleged high sex drive and their capacity to reproduce. We believe Lundu is helping to produce a dramatic shift in Peru’s culture regarding Afro-Peruvians.