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Latest update : 2014-06-11

Peru: Harassment of women in public spaces under the scanner

In this edition: Peru's problem of harassment of women in public spaces; players posting selfies ahead of the Football World Cup; and French comedian Rémi Gaillard's tribute to the upcoming tournament.

PERU: HARASSMENT OF WOMEN IN PUBLIC SPACES UNDER THE SCANNER

"We have to end street harassment." This is Peruvian actress Magaly Solier in tears during a television interview, shortly after being molested on a public bus in the capital Lima on May 30th. The man was a repeat offender who had already been charged in 2012 for similar behavior. The story has sparked widespread commentary online. 

Many have taken to the web voicing their outrage and calling for the harasser to be brought to justice immediately. Web users are also thanking the actress for coming forward and speaking publicly about her ordeal and thus highlighting the fact that many women in Peru are subjected to this kind of harassment. Social networkers have been commenting under the “stop street harassment” hashtag, saying it is in no way a trivial issue and should be taken more seriously by the authorities. 

Magaly Solier has also criticized the authorities. In an interview with Peruvian daily “El Comercio” she spoke out against the lack of police presence on public transport in Lima. The director of Lima`s public transport security responded to her comments with a promise to deploy greater resources for combatting sexual harassment.

As study conducted by the NGO "Manuela Ramos" shows it is indeed a major problem in Peru, with nine out of ten women questioned saying they had been harassed in public in 2013. Alarming figures that have prompted a group of local artists to set up an interactive map which women can use to report this type of incident. 400 offenses have been catalogued so far, with the majority taking place in the capital, Lima. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

The United States Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, has opened its first official Twitter account. @CIA already has some 580,000 followers ; just two tweets have been posted so far but over time the CIA will be sharing unclassified information with the public along with information on its various missions. The spy agency says the aim is to engage more directly with the public.

 

THE SELFIE WORLD CUP HAS ALREADY BEGUN

The 2014 Football World Cup kicks off in Brazil on Thursday June 12th, and as they prepare for the biggest competition in the footballing calendar, the players have taken some time out to post some pics online. Here`s a roundup of some of the best world cup selfies doing the rounds online… 

The Belgians and the Mexicans were among the first to succumb to selfie fever ahead of the tournament. For Belgium we have the young Chelsea player Eden Hazard who posted a shot alongside some of his team mates, and for Mexico, it’s the manager himself who shared this photo taken with the president of the Republic Enrique Pena Nieto, just before the team left for Brazil. 

Other national teams soon followed with their pre-departure shots. This pic for Portugal was posted to Instagram by Cristiano Ronaldo. As we can see Raul Mireles is boasting a very bushy beard, which has inspired a spot of teasing on social networks. 

With some sharing selfies before leaving for Brazil, others have immortalized the journey there. Members of the Argentine and French national football teams took a number of pictures on their respective flights. 

And finally, some players, like Didier Drogba and his team mates also posed for selfies as they arrived in Brazil. Photos that suggest the Ivory Coast national squad is in high spirits.

HOAX OF THE DAY

Did British sports betting website Paddy Power cut down scores of trees for this show of support for the England team at the FIFA World Cup? Web users have been wondering and worrying after the pic was posted to Twitter. The photo is of course the result of some nifty image editing, not a single tree was harmed; the real purpose of the image is to raise awareness of the mass deforestation in Brazil. 

EXPLORE EVERY 2014 WORLD CUP STADIUM WITH STREET VIEW

With Google Street View you can now visit each of the twelve 2014 World Cup stadiums from the comfort of your own home… the web giant`s cameras show us that although kick-off may be imminent, there is still some construction work underway … take the roof of the Corinthians Arena for example, they haven’t completed the corners… 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

French comedian, and football fan, Rémi Gaillard, has posted a new clip online, in honor of the 2014World Cup … we see him wearing all the finalists official strips whilst executing some incredible trick shots … the video`s available to view in its entirety on his YouTube channel…

By Electron Libre

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