LIMA – Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the principal cities of Peru to protest the high incidence of females who are murdered or subjected to the male violence that is rampant in this country, considered the third most violent in the world against women.
The biggest march was held in Lima and was called by the Ni Una Menos group, promoter of other massive marches previously held in the capital to raise awareness about the high levels of abuse women suffer and the impunity their attackers almost always enjoy.
The demonstration, held on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, was led by some almost iconic victims of male violence.
Among them was the young lawyer Arlette Contreras, who said “it’s sad to admit that our country does not see that justice is done to us because it’s not really aware of what we women go through.”
Contreras, whose boyfriend dragged her by the hair through the lobby of an inn, said that women have to “knock down the macho culture that exists in this country and that oppresses women so much,” and recalled that Peru is considered one of the countries where the most violence against women is committed.
According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) published in 2013, Peru is the country with the third most violence against women in the world, trailing only Ethiopia and Bangladesh.
Also taking part in the march were feminist organizations like the Manuela Ramos Movement, whose member Patricia Nava told EFE that abuse of women occurs “not only on the streets – we have women who are raped at their place of work, but the majority of violations occur at home in the heart of the family.”
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Peru had 134 cases of feminicide and 17,182 reports of sexual violation in the first three quarters of 2017, which means an average of three women violated every hour.