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Rather than giving the size of their bust and waist, the contestants at the Miss Peru 2018 Pageant used the televised event to give powerful statements speaking out against femicide.
The women that broke beauty pageant traditions yesterday used the numerical form to describe their bodies to instead represent the numbers involved in trafficking, femicide and domestic abuse in Peru today.
Camila Canicoba, Miss Peru Lima, announced, “my measurements are: 2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country.”
Romina Lozano also added, “I represent the constitutional province of Callaomy and my measurements are: 3,114 women victims of trafficking up until 2014.”
Another staggering figure was mentioned: “My measurements are: the 65 per cent of university women who are assaulted by their partners,” by Belgica Guerra.
Reinforcing the power of the contestants contribution to speak for women rights, the Miss Peru 2018 organiser, Jessica Newton, had told Buzzfeed News: “Women can walk out naked if they want to. Naked. It’s a personal decision,” she said. “If I walk out in a bathing suit I am just as decent as a woman who walks out in an evening dress.”
To then sustain action for women rights in Peru, Newton added, “everyone that does not denounce and everyone that does not do something to stop this is an accomplice.”