More than 100 women in seductive dress went on a SlutWalk through the streets of Lima Saturday to denounce gender violence, discrimination and sexual abuse.
The demonstration took over one of the city’s most important thoroughfares, with some of the protesters showing their underwear, others flaunting miniskirts and plunging necklines, and all of them loudly demanding respect for women.
“People in the streets were surprised because here were all these women dress so sensually - at least it got their attention,” Fiorella Farje, one of the march organizers, told Efe.
On the signs they carried were phrases like “we all have a little bit of slut in us…treating women badly doesn’t make you more of a man…look but don’t touch…”
The demonstrators also chanted slogans like “not vaginas, not boobs, just women demanding their rights” and “the short skirt doesn’t mean I’m easy,” while handing out leaflets to passers-by.
“We were a little bit afraid because of the name of the march, afraid that we might run into trouble, but the reaction has been super good,” said Farje, a member of the group that calls itself For an Authentic Transformation of Society, or P.U.T.A.S.
“Putas” is also the Spanish word for sluts.
The SlutWalk is part of a global movement that erupted this year as a backlash against a statement by the Toronto chief of police, Michael Sanguinetti.
At a seminar on security, Sanguinetti said that if women don’t want to be victims of rape or sexual harassment, “they shouldn’t dress like sluts,” which sparked the fury and indignation of thousands of women and soon-to-be demonstrators in countries like Canada, Brazil and the United States.
Between January and July this year, the Attorney General’s Office of Peru recorded 4,472 complaints of rape in Lima and Callao.