This year, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on human rights defenders, the British Embassy has decided to distinguish Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista, lawyer of Ayacucho, for her outstanding fight against violence towards women in Peru.
Arlette Contreras received the “Defender of Human Rights 2018” (Human Rights Defenders Award) from the hands of Kate Harrisson, the British Ambassador to the country.
“A human rights defender is someone who defends any fundamental right in her own name or on behalf of a person or a group of people. Advocates seek to promote and protect civil and political rights and to promote, protect and establish economic, social and cultural rights, such as collective rights”, the British Embassy in Lima said in a press release.
Arlette Contreras became the face of the #NiUnaMenos movement against domestic violence in Peru after a video where her boyfriend attacked her boyfriend went viral.
“It’s a real honor for me to meet a woman like Arlette. Her struggle has gone viral not only in Peru, but also throughout Latin America and the rest of the world”, said Harrisson. “Arlette’s case is emblematic of so many other women”, she continued.
On her part, Contreras said that she is grateful for the recognition from the British Embassy.