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Meet Relinda Sosa Perez

Relinda Sosa Perez, Peru

President of Confederación Nacional de Mujeres Organizadas por la Vida y el Desarrollo Integral (CONAMOVIDI), GROOTS Peru

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Relinda Sosa Perez began her work in 1990 as a community kitchen director during the peak of Peru’s cholera epidemic. Economic crises and political violence also characterized the era, but she was still able to successfully position her organization as a key player in the passage of Law 25307, the first of its kind to explicitly recognize the right to food.

  • She was still able to successfully position her organization as a key player in the passage of Law 25307, the first of its kind to explicitly recognize the right to food.

After the founding of CONAMOVIDI in 2005, Relinda was elected its first president. The organization aims to strengthen the rights of women in rural and urban areas, organizing farmers, artisans, and women from community kitchens. CONAMOVIDI has helped social organizations from 65 provinces and 16 departments of Peru, training women to participate in social management with local governments and implementing community mapping processes to identify areas of vulnerability and risk. Relinda went on to supervise a civil society planning committee and the governing board of the Ministry of Women. She is a powerful advocacy speaker who has participated in national, regional, and global conferences.