Women march in Huánuco for Zero Discrimination and Zero Violence towards HIV-positive women during the IVth decentralized meeting of RPM +. Photo credit: PROMSEX/Balbina Cárdenas
30 November 2012
“I believe that, generally speaking, we tend to associate violence with manifestations of physical and sexual violence, and that we as women tend to overlook many additional forms of violence. In my own case, the fact that my husband’s [HIV-positive] diagnosis was deliberately concealed from me constituted an act of violence,” affirms Guiselly Flores, director of the Peruvian Network of Women Living with HIV (RPM+).
The first Warmi Wasi Centre was launched in November 2011 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Lima, Susana Villaran, and Silvia Loli Espinoza, who is second from the right.
Photo courtesy of Silvia Loli Espinoza
17 October 2012
Ending violence against women, one of the most pervasive violations of women’s rights, requires concerted efforts worldwide. Municipalities play a key role in the global movement to address the issue, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima.
Since January 2011, Lima has had the first democratically elected female Mayor, Ms. Susana Villaran, who has undertaken unprecedented reforms to turn Lima into a city free from violence against women, where women feel safe and services for female survivors are not only a proposed plan, but a lived reality.