Viviana is a campaigner, lawyer, researcher. She has focused her research, evidence-based advocacy and campaigning on care economies, and on women’s land and workplace rights, and on natural resources and climate justice. She currently works as a consultant on equality and inclusion for the Solidarity Center, where she is focused on transforming the care economy, promoting the elimination of gender-based violence at work, advancing intersectionality in labor law and in practice, expanding women's power in the union movement, and addressing deepened precariousness in value chains.
Previously, she worked as a program coordinator on women’s economic, social and cultural rights at ESCR-Net, a global network connecting social movements and human rights organisations in 78 countries. She facilitated shared analysis, mutual learning and coordinated advocacy and campaigning in collective work aimed at bolstering grassroots women’s leadership, challenging large-scale dispossession, strengthening human rights standards‚ adoption and implementation. She worked to elevate feminist visions for economic justice and promote intersectionality in practice.
Before joining ESCR-Net, Viviana worked as regional advocacy advisor for Latin America at CARE, where she led the formation of a regional multi-stakeholder platform to advance domestic workers’ rights and build their movements in the region. She was also previously coordinator of the Women and Work Program at Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS) in Colombia, where she had a leading role in developing a gendered approach to collective reparations in the peace-building process. She also developed community-led research projects and achieved transformative legal shifts in the recognition and fulfilment of domestic workers’ rights.
Viviana is part of the global steering group of the Women’s Global Strike, a worldwide campaign that urges women across countries, struggles and generations to stop or slow down all forms of work on International Women’s Day, and take action to demand women’s rights and economic justice, and advance feminist alternatives. She also serves as advisor for Colombia’s Union of Black Women Domestic Workers (UTRASD).
She holds an LLB from the University of Antioquia (UdeA) in Medellin, Colombia and an MSc in Inequalities and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
It gives me hope that in the context of a dominant economic model governed by profit and commodification and reinforced by racism and patriarchy, people in the forefront of the struggles keep fighting and raising their voices to stop powers that seek to maintain systemic oppressions. It gives me hope seeing change driven by communities and social movements that develop their own alternatives in order to build feminist and people-and-planet-centred economies and visions for the reality they want.
Viviana Osorio Perez