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Thousands of people march against domestic violence, Lima, Peru, Aug. 13, 2016 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).

Violence and Impunity Top the Agenda for Women’s Rights Activists in Peru

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the globe.

On Saturday, more than 50,000 people took to the streets of Lima and eight other cities in Peru to protest violence against women and what they see as an indifferent judicial system. The demonstrations come after three high-profile cases in which activists believe male perpetrators were given lenient sentences by Peruvian courts. In an email interview, Jelke Boesten, a reader at King’s College London, discussed the fight for women’s rights in Peru. ...

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