Less than a year ago, Latina and Miss Peru joined forces to report femicides in the country. In the last beauty contest, the 23 contestants, also called “Badass Warriors”, replaced their body measurements for statistics about violence, becoming like this into a popular movement in the world.
“My name is Camila Canicoba and I represent the department of Lima”, said one of the contestants. “My measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country”, she continues.
According to a video produced by Latina, Peru has the third highest rate of violence against women. In it several beauty contestants denounce one by one the figures related to this type of crime in Peru.
“My measurements are 82 actual femicides and 156 attempts so far this year”, said Karen Cueto Astete. On her part, Pilar Orue said that her measurements “are 19% of girls from 0 to 5 years old are sexually abused by their parents”.
Latina also reports that in the last five years 2,000 women have been murdered by their partners in Peru. Also, 13,000 girls were abused, 90% of them by family members.
Among other statistics the Badass Warriors informed about were: more than 70% of the women in our country are victims of street harassment; up to 2014 3,114 women were registered as victims of trafficking.
The video produced by Latina and Miss Peru was watched by 87 million people and received 3,8 million organic interactions on social media.
“We contributed to modify the law”, Latina assures, “so that all gender violence is penalized with jail time”, they say.
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