Campaign "#WomenForJustice" demands reproductive rights and a reform to the justice system for women who are victims of violence and murders in Peru.

Demonstrators react during a protest against violence on women in Lima, Peru, August 11, 2018.
Demonstrators react during a protest against violence on women in Lima, Peru, August 11, 2018. ( Reuters )

Hundreds of people, mostly women, took to the streets in Peru's capital Lima on Saturday to demand a reform to the justice system for women who are victims of violence and murders in the country.

The mobilisation, known as "#WomenForJustice," (or #MujeresxJusticia), also demands sexual and reproductive rights for Peruvian women and for debate to be opened up in Congress.

The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations noted in 2016 that seven out of ten women have suffered physical or psychological mistreatment of some form or another. 

What's more, 78 percent of all Peruvians say their society is sexist, according to a Datum poll released last year.

People attend a protest against violence on women in Lima, Peru August, 11, 2018. The protests aims to raise awareness of the high levels of violence against women and impunity towards the aggressors.
People attend a protest against violence on women in Lima, Peru August, 11, 2018. The protests aims to raise awareness of the high levels of violence against women and impunity towards the aggressors. ( Reuters )
A child attends a protest against violence on women in Lima, Peru, August 11, 2018. The sign reads:
A child attends a protest against violence on women in Lima, Peru, August 11, 2018. The sign reads: "I am a girl and my duty is to play and you don't have to touch me". ( Reuters )
Demonstrators hold up signs during a protest against violence on women in Lima. The sign reads:
Demonstrators hold up signs during a protest against violence on women in Lima. The sign reads: "The abuse is not just physical". ( Reuters )
Demonstrators carry signs during a protest against violence on women in Lima. Arlette Contreras, a victim of brutal aggression by a former partner, said they were marching because there was no justice for women in the country.
Demonstrators carry signs during a protest against violence on women in Lima. Arlette Contreras, a victim of brutal aggression by a former partner, said they were marching because there was no justice for women in the country. ( Reuters )
A demonstrator puts flowers on a cardboard tombstone during a protest against violence on women in Lima.
A demonstrator puts flowers on a cardboard tombstone during a protest against violence on women in Lima. ( Reuters )
People march against violence on women in Lima. About 78 percent of all Peruvians say their society is sexist, according to a Datum poll released last year.
People march against violence on women in Lima. About 78 percent of all Peruvians say their society is sexist, according to a Datum poll released last year. ( Reuters )
Source: Reuters