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    One million women are said to have taken part last year in Peru's first #NiUnaMenos march | Photo: AFP/Archive

Peru ranks third in the world when it comes to gender violence, according to the World Heath Organization, behind Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Protesting against the rise of femicides across the countryand the Latin American region this year, women's groups in Peru are calling for a massive mobilization against gender violence on August 12.

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Timed to coincide with the first anniversary the nation's “NiUnaMenos” or “Not One Less” movement's founding, social media users are spreading the group's hashtag, with the motto “I march on #12A because...”

Peru has a damning record on gender and domestic violence: estimates say an average of eight women are raped each day.

While one woman is killed or is the victim of attempted murder every 24 hours. 

And the women's rights group denounces the daily rapes of girls in their homes, usually by a known relative.

They are also demanding the right to have abortions and reject the interference of the Catholic Church in their sexual and reproductive life.

And the collective wants justice for the 5,000 victims of sexual violence and forced sterilizations during the country's armed conflict. 

In the first five months of 2017, 45 femicides and 105 attempted murders have been reported across the country, according to the Ministry for Woman and Vulnerable Populations.


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