The Miss Peru pageant has gained worldwide attention for highlighting a very serious issue in their country: violence against women.
Typically the pageant opens with contestants stating their bust, waist and hip measurements. But this time, they took turns reciting shocking statistics of gender-based attacks in their country. Take a look:
At the end of the evening, instead of asking the contestants about their hobbies and ambitions, the women were asked what they would do about the violence. Romina Lozano, the winner of the pageant, said she plans to implement a database containing the names of each aggressor, not only for femicide, but for every kind of violence against women so they can protect themselves.
Peru has the second worst record of violence against women in South America. Within 6 years, 800 women were murdered in gender-related violence. This month, the contestants plan to lead a march to take a stand against violence.