With vigils and parades, women reject sexist violence in Peru

With vigils and parades, women reject sexist violence in Peru
With vigils and parades, women reject sexist violence in Peru

Five (AFP) – With vigils and allegorical parades, groups of women rejected on Wednesday night the sexist violence that has worsened in Peru since the coronavirus pandemic began 20 months ago with more than a hundred femicides and disappearances.

Dozens of women dressed in white participated in the showy march and in a symbolic funeral procession held in the populous district of Villa El Salvador, south of Lima, demanding loudly the cessation of gender violence in the Andean country.

With posters that read “132 femicides so far this year”, they marched through the streets of the Lima district in the framework of the international day for the elimination of violence against women that is commemorated this Thursday.

“It is part of our daily life, violence against women, I think there is not a day where we wake up and there is no news on that subject and we are annoyed, outraged and wanting to transform things,” the activist Marie Eve Gougeon, 40.

For their part, in front of the Palace of Justice, a group of relatives of victims of forced sterilizations during the government of former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) demanded justice and compensation in a case that has been before the courts for more than two decades.

“Forced sterilizations and impunity are also violence against women,” María Ysabel Cedano, from the Defense of Women’s Rights collective, told AFP, calling this violence “a pandemic.”

Members of the Vichama theater company carry out a mortuary procession under the title “We want each other alive!” and displaying allusive posters on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in the populous district of Villa El Salvador, in Lima on November 24, 2021 Cris BOURONCLE AFP

“Femicides, rape against girls has tripled during the pandemic in the case of rape and pregnancies resulting from rape in girls,” Cedano emphasized.

In Peru, 132 femicides were reported between January and November of the year, surpassing the mark for the same period in 2020 (127), according to the Ombudsman’s Office. Also, 258 cases of attempted femicide.

The authorities also received 4,904 complaints of missing women so far this year.

“The outlook for our country is very worrying, in the pandemic the violence rates rose. We are aiming a lot for a preventive strategy,” the Minister for Women, Anahí Durand, told reporters.

“We are seeing an increase,” declared the Deputy Defender for Women’s Rights, Eliana Revollar, the prevalence of deaths in women between 18 and 25 years of age.

In Peru there are 661 inmates for the crime of femicide.

According to Cepal, at least 4,091 women were victims of femicide in 2020 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 10.6% less than the previous year.

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