Peru: Beauty Pageant Contestants Protest Violence Against Women by Reciting Murder Statistics Instead of Bust Sizes

HeadlineNov 01, 2017

In Peru, women competing in the Miss Peru beauty pageant protested violence against women by refusing to disclose their waist, hip and breast measurements, and instead presented statistics on the murder, rape and harassment of women.

Karen Cueto: “My name is Karen Cueto, and I represent Lima. And my figures are: 82 femicides and 156 attempted femicides so far this year.”

Samantha Batallanos: “My name is Samantha Batallanos. I represent Lima. And my figures are: A girl dies every 10 minutes as a result of sexual exploitation.”

Juana Acevedo: “My name is Juana Acevedo. And my figures are: More than 70 percent of women in our country are victims of street harassment.”

Kelin Rivera: “My name is Kelin Rivera, and I represent Arequipa. My measurements are: 6,573 cases of violence against women have been registered in my region.”

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