Miss Peru Contestants Use Platform to Protest Violence Against Women

The contestants of this year’s Miss Peru pageant just showed the world what it looks like when people use their platform for good.

Beauty pageant contestants typically give their body measurements while introducing themselves but, on Sunday, the contestants used the event to protest violence against women in Peru by instead giving statistics about violence against women in Peru.

“My name is Camila Canicoba and I represent the department of Lima. My measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country.”

“My name is Juana Acevedo and my measurements are: More than 70% of women in our country are victims of street harassment.”

“My name is Melina Machuca, I represent the department of Cajamarca, and my measurements are: More than 80% of women in my city suffer from violence.”

“My name is Romina Lozano and I represent the constitutional province of Callao, and my measurements are: 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014.”

The contestants were not alone in their protest. The pageant’s organizers made violence against women the theme of the event to draw awareness, even showing newspaper clippings of well-known cases behind the contestants as they walked on stage in their swimsuits.

Jessica Newton, the pageant’s organizer and a former beauty queen, called the decision “an easy call to make.”

“Everyone who does not denounce and everyone who does not do something to stop this is an accomplice,” Newton told Buzzfeed.

Newton also stood her ground on having the contestants walk on stage in swimsuits, which some might think weakens the message of the serious images behind them. Instead, Newton sees the moment as an opportunity to demonstrate that no matter what a woman is wearing, she should be treated with respect.

“Women can walk out naked if they want to. Naked. It’s a personal decision,” said Newton. “If I walk out in a bathing suit I am just as decent as a woman who walks out in an evening dress.”

Instead of weakening the point, Newton thinks the women’s attire strengthens it.

In the pageant’s final segment, the women were asked which laws they would change to try to end violence against women. The question was more timely than ever. An obvious lack of justice for female victims of violence in the last few years has sparked both protests and outrage. One case, in particular, brought the issue to a boiling point for many women.

Adriano Pozo was caught on film dragging his naked girlfriend across a hotel floor by the hair. Despite the video evidence, Pozo recieved only a one-year suspended sentence, resulting in no jail time and just a $1,500 fine.

 

Photo Credit: Jeanne Menjoulet

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Stephanie s
Stephanie sabout a month ago

Go ladies!!

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Stephanie s
Stephanie sabout a month ago

Go ladies!!

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Chad Anderson
Chad Aabout a month ago

Good for them!

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Kimberly W
Kimberly Wallaceabout a month ago

TY

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Carl R
Carl Rabout a month ago

Thanks!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABVKIPk_u0

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Veronica D
Veronica Dabout a month ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica D
Veronica Dabout a month ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica D
Veronica Dabout a month ago

Thank you so very much.

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Janis K
Janis Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Marija Mohoric
Marija Mabout a month ago

Kudos to Miss Peru.

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