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Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Europe and Latin America on Thursday to demand an end to violence against women, with the police dispersing some gatherings, particularly in Istanbul and Mexico. & nbsp;
From Madrid to Barcelona, from Paris to London, from Guatemala to Honduras, the parades marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
“We are not all here, the ones who were murdered are missing,” sang the demonstrators gathered in Madrid, wearing masks, hats and purple scarves.
“Do not be silent in the face of male violence” echoed the banners deployed by hundreds of demonstrators in Istanbul.
They also denounced Turkey's withdrawal from an international treaty protecting women, the Istanbul Convention, accused by the conservatives in power to encourage homosexuality and threaten the traditional family structure.
They were greeted with tear gas as they attempted to cross the police barricades.
“A global scourge”
The Spain, which has a powerful feminist movement, has a public observatory on gender violence which has recorded 1,118 murders of women by their partner or ex-partner since 2003, including 37 in 2021.
In Turkey, 345 women have been killed since the start of 2021, according to the We Will Stop Feminicide platform, against 410 in 2020.
“Globally, it is a scourge … It is time for the patriarchal violence to stop against our bodies, our lives and our decisions “testified in the procession from Madrid Leslie Holguin, a thirty-year-old actress.
” We demand the end of prostitution and demand the end of prostitution. killings, ill-treatment and rape, ”added Maria Moran, a 50-year-old civil servant.
The fight against gender-based violence is a national priority in Spain, which in 2004 adopted the first law in Europe making the victim's gender an aggravating circumstance in the event of aggression.
“We will not be a just society that when we are done with any kind of violence against women, ”insisted on Twitter the Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose government has more women than men.
To Mexico City, thousands of women also took to the streets.
“They are not dead, they killed them”, said the signs held up by the demonstrators of this country where every day 10 women are killed, according to the UNO.
Clashes between small groups from demonstrators, armed with hammers, to the police, who used irritant gases to disperse them.
In Guatemala, hundreds of women have also taken to the streets in this country hit by an increase in feminicides (by 30% compared to the same period of 2020 according to the authorities) and teenage pregnancies.
Demonstrations were also organized in Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia and Uruguay. In Latin America and the Caribbean, some 4,091 women were victims of femicide in 2020, according to the United Nations regional commission.
One in three women
< p> Almost one in three women in the world has suffered physical or sexual violence, often from someone they know, according to the UN.
“Violence against women is a global crisis. In all of our own neighborhoods, women and girls live in danger, ”said Sima Bahous, Director General of UN Women, the United Nations Organization defending women's rights.
Pope Francis also spoke on Twitter: “The different forms of abuse that many women suffer represent degradation for men and for all of humanity. We cannot look away. ”
In Africa, several African heads of state gathered Thursday in Kinshasa for a summit on “positive masculinity” solemnly pledged to fight against discrimination and violence against women, from rape during conflicts to genital mutilation.
We “launch the African Union campaign to end violence against women and girls and implement a policy of zero tolerance in conflict and post-conflict situations,” the leaders said State, including DRC President Félix Tshisekedi and Rwandan Paul Kagame, in a joint statement.
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