Fellow Since 2000
This profile was prepared when Josefina Condori was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Though many Peruvian organizations defend the rights of domestic workers, only Josefina works exclusively with young girls. As a former child maid from the countryside, Josefina strives to bring to light violations against the rights of this invisible sector of the workforce, giving girls back their childhoods and improving their lives. She established a home that prepares girls for a brighter future while solving their immediate problems. Josefina obtains and sorts out the official documents girls need to attend school and receive health care. She also provides job training and employs them in small businesses that support her program. Josefina raises public consciousness of human rights abuses against girls, directly targeting Peruvians who routinely hire children, and is advocating for public policy that will better protect this otherwise invisible community.