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Miss Peru contestants used their platform on Sunday to speak about gender-based violence and harassment in the country rather than list their body measurements, according to BuzzFeed’s Latin America correspondent Karla Zabludovsky, who translated the statements. Take a look at what they said below.
“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,” Canicoba said in Spanish.
“My name is Juana Acevedo and my measurements are: more than 70 percent of women in our country are victims of street harassment.”
“My name is Luciana Fernández and I represent the city of Huánuco, and my measurements are: 13,000 girls suffer sexual abuse in our country,”
BuzzFeed reports that the organizers also made violence against women the theme of the night; they showcased news reports of murdered and assaulted women in the background as the contestants walked across the stage in bikinis.
“Everyone who does not denounce and everyone who does not do something to stop this is an accomplice,” Jessica Newton, the pageant’s organizer told Buzzfeed by phone.