Women denounce gender violence in Peru `SlutWalk`

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2011, 10:21 AM IST

Lima: More than 100 women in seductive dresses went on a `SlutWalk` through the streets of Peruvian capital Lima to denounce gender violence, discrimination and sexual abuse.

The demonstration Saturday took over one of the city`s most important thoroughfares. Some of the protesters showed their underwear, others flaunted miniskirts and plunging necklines, and all of them loudly demanded respect for women.

"People in the streets were surprised because here were all these women dressed so sensually - at least it got their attention," said Fiorella Farje, one of the organisers.

The placards the women carried had messages 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 chanted slogans and handed 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.

The SlutWalk is part of a global movement that began 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 do not want to be victims of rape or sexual harassment, "they shouldn`t dress like sluts", which sparked fury in thousands of women across the world.