Thousands of protesters hit the streets of Europe and Latin America on Thursday to demand an finish to violence in opposition to girls, with police in Turkey firing teargas to disperse the demonstrators.
The rallies happened to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, with 1000’s marching by Mexico City, Madrid and Barcelona, whereas others gathered in Paris and London.
There had been additionally rallies in nations together with Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Guatemala.
“They didn’t die. They killed them,” learn one of many banners on the march in Mexico, a rustic the place round 10 girls are murdered daily.
Across Latin America and the Caribbean, no less than 4,091 girls had been victims of femicide in 2020, in keeping with the regional fee of the United Nations.
Tensions flared in Mexico City when a small variety of hammer-wielding protesters tried to seize shields from law enforcement officials, who repelled them with smoke bombs.
Things additionally turned ugly in Istanbul as riot police fired tear gasoline to interrupt up an illustration by lots of of protesters urging the federal government to rejoin a world treaty designed to guard girls.
The Turkish authorities had deserted the landmark Istanbul Convention earlier this yr on grounds its gender equality ideas undermined conventional household values, in a transfer that angered girls campaigners.
So far this yr, 345 girls have been killed in Turkey, rights teams say.
‘A world scourge’
In Spain, the place the federal government has made the combat in opposition to home violence a nationwide precedence, 1000’s hit the streets of Madrid and Barcelona in a sea of purple flags, whereas others rallied in Valencia, Seville and different cities across the nation.
In the Spanish capital, marchers carrying purple masks, hats and scarves walked behind an enormous banner studying “Enough of male violence against women. Solutions now!”
“Not all of us are here, the murdered are missing,” they chanted as they marched previous the Cibeles fountain and different historic buildings that had been illuminated in purple, holding indicators studying “Not even one more death”.
“On a global level, it remains a scourge and a huge problem,” Leslie Hoguin, a 30-year-old scholar and actor advised AFP.
“It’s high time that patriarchal violence against our bodies, our lives and our decisions came to an end.”
Many had been fed up of the continuing abuse confronted by girls.
“We are sick of the ongoing violence against us which takes many different forms,” stated Maria Moran, a 50-year-old civil servant.
“We want to see prostitution abolished and an end to the murders, the abuse and the rapes.”
Back in 2004, Spain’s parliament overwhelmingly permitted Europe’s first regulation cracking down on gender-based violence.
“Eradicating sexist violence is a national priority,” tweeted Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, a self-described feminist whose cupboard is dominated by girls.
“We will only be a just society when we are done with all kinds of violence against women.”
‘Living in peril’
Nearly one in three girls worldwide has skilled bodily or sexual violence, largely by somebody they know, in keeping with UN Women, the United Nations’ group for gender equality.
“Violence against women is a global crisis. In all of our own neighborhoods there are women and girls living in danger,” government director Sima Bahous stated in a video message.
Pope Francis additionally weighed in.
“Women victims of violence must be protected by society,” he tweeted.
“The various forms of mistreatment that many women suffer are cowardly and represent degradation for men and for all of humanity. We cannot look away.”