Thousands protest violence against women in Peru

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Tens of thousands marched in Lima Saturday against gender violence.

CCTV America’s Dan Collyns reports from Lima.

Thousands protest violence against women in Peru

Thousands protest violence against women in Peru

Tens of thousands marched in Lima Saturday against gender violence. CCTV America's Dan Collyns reports from Lima.
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Similar protests also have been held in Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil this year. Peru is the latest country in the region to hold #NiUnaMenos or ‘Not one less’ march. The organizers aim to raise awareness and pressure the government to tackle violence against women.

Beatings, insults, sexual assault and murder are a daily reality facing hundreds of thousands of women in Peru.

Now these protestors are acting out their frustrations on the steps of the Judiciary building and making sure their plea is heard by the government.

Outrage at two high profile cases of gender violence has tapped into wider indignation that justice is not being done for women and that, protesters said cannot be allowed to continue.

In one of the cases, Cindy Arlette Contreras was dragged by her hair through a hotel reception by her nude former boyfriend Adriano Pozo. Despite the security camera images, Pozo was freed with a suspended sentence after a judge ruled he had not intended to rape or kill her.

Twenty-six-year old Contreras has become a symbol for the march after video of the attack went viral in Peru.


Cindy Arlette Contreras discusses the plight of gender violence victims in Peru

Women in Peru protest against rising tide of murder and sexual crime. Protests have already been held in Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil this year.

Peru is the latest country in the region to hold a #NiUnaMenos or ‘Not one less’ march. One of the high profile cases which caused outrage in Peru was that of 26-year-old Cindy Arlette Contreras whose attacker was freed despite damning evidence.

She told CCTV why the march is so important.