Rocking The World With An Anti-Harassment Protest
One of the most, if not the most, refreshing things to happen on earth today is brought to us by Miss Peru 2018 candidates—and no, we’re not talking about their swimsuits, nor their long gown showcase. Yes, they're all undeniably beautiful no matter what they're wearing and even in candid moments…
But it's the vital statistics that they presented during the introductions that got the whole world talking. Not because they’re all the classic 36-24-36, but because instead of their body measurements, they each gave out statistics pertaining to the state of violence committed against women in Peru. A class act when it comes to shedding light on a pressing matter, if you ask us—so much so that the hashtag #MisMedidasSon ("my measurements are") immediately trended on Twitter in Peru.
"I think that the fact that you are looking at your regional representative, at the queen of your department, giving open and real figures about what happens in our country is alarming,” contest organizer Jessica Newton told Agence France-Presse, says an article on ABS-CBN News.
Peru is second to Bolivia in the South American region with the worst record of violence against women, according to the Observatory on Citizen Security of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Some of the most notable statistics that were stated were: 2,202 cases of feminicides reported in the last nine years; 65 percent of university women are assaulted by their partners; and the most alarming, in my opinion, one girl dies every 10 minutes due to sexual exploitation.
The question-and-answer portion also took the same impressive route, posing questions regarding what can be done about this situation the women in Peru are in.
Romina Lozano, who represented Callao, went on to bag the Miss Peru 2018 title. Her measurements? “3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014.” And for the question-and-answer portion where the candidates where asked what can be done about this situation the women in Peru are in, Lozano had this impressive suggestion: "implement a database containing the name of each aggressor, not only for feminicide but for every kind of violence against woman. In this way we can protect ourselves."
We don't know about you, but we're definitely giving each of these ladies a standing ovation.
Photographs from the Miss Peru Facebook page