Peru: Tens of thousands march against gender violence



    Peru: Tens of thousands march against gender violence

    Aug.14, Lima: More than 50,000 people marched in Peru's capital and eight other cities on Saturday to protest violence against woman and what they say is the indifference of the judicial system.

    According to officials, the size of the protest against gender violence was unprecedented in Peru and followed several recent high-profile cases in which male perpetrators were given what women's groups said were too-lenient sentences. The march in Lima ended at the palace of justice.

    Victor Ticona, president of Peru's judicial system said: "Today, the 13th of August, is a historic day for this country because it represents a breaking point and the start of a new culture to eradicate the marginalization that women have been suffering, especially with violence."

    Ticona said that a commission of judges would receive representatives of the protesters.

    Newly inaugurated President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took part in the march along with first lady Nancy Lange.

    Peru's march follows similar protests against gender violence in other Latin American countries, including Argentina and Brazil, held under the slogan #NiUnaMenos — #NotOneLess.

    The Oslo Times International News Network