María Elena Moyano was a female activist of Afro-Peruvian descent, born in Lima during the year 1958. At the young age of 24, she became the president of a federation of women called the Ferderación popular de mujeres de Villa El Salvador. She became a voice for the shantytowns in Peru during the 80s. María brought awareness to the exclusion of women in society, even within the impoverished shantytowns. Tragically Moyano was murdered by the guerilla group, Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in the year 1992.
“… the revolution opens up to life, to individual and collective dignity; it is a new ethic. The revolution is not death, or imposition, or submission, nor fanaticism. The revolution is new life, convincing people to struggle for a fair, decent society, side by side with the organizations created for our people, respecting its interior democracy and grafting new buds of power for the new Peru. I shall continue to stand alongside my people, women, youngsters and children; I shall continue to struggle for peace in the name of social justice”. -María Elena Moyano