Paris protesters to march against deadly domestic violence

Women hold placards with the names of the women killed by their husband since the beginning of the year as they march against domestic violence in Paris Saturday Nov 23 2019

France: Mass protests against domestic violence, femicide

"In France, we always have the impression that we are flawless", activist Caroline de Haas told The Associated Press.

Domestic violence victims and activists have glued posters around France after each death to draw attention to the problem.

Despite France's progressive reputation, the country has among the highest rates in Europe of domestic violence, in part because of poor police response to reports of abuse.

At Saturday's march - one in every of the most interesting demonstrations this year in Paris - French movie and TV stars joined abuse victims and activists calling for an discontinuance to "femicide".

"It affects me to think that there are women who die at the hands of their husbands", said Fanny, whose banner read: "The hand for caresses, not for blows".

Alyssa Ahrabare, spokeswoman for activist group Try Feminism, said: 'We live in a culture that finds excuses for assailants'.

The capital city of France witnessed several protesters waving purple flags and holding placards marching through the Place de la Republique during the mass campaign to denounce violence against women at the same time pay tribute to about 130 women who were killed by their spouse or partner.

The measures are expected to include seizing firearms from people suspected of domestic violence and prioritising police training so they will not brush off women's complaints as a private affair.

The marches across France draw before the UN's World Day for the Elimination of Violence in opposition to Ladies, which is on Monday.




Some Saturday marchers asked for $1.1 billion in investment to address the problem.

Using news reports, organizations this year count 137 women killed by their partners or ex-partners, compared to 109 women in 2017 and 121 in 2018. They furthermore preserve protests, lying down on the pavement to symbolize the slain ladies folks.

This is almost 1 percent of women aged 18 to 75.

That's below the global average of 30 per cent, according to UN Women. But it's above the European Union average and the sixth highest among European Union countries.

She called for better training for people in police stations and hospitals who come into contact with victims of domestic violence, and more shelters for abused women.

In France, lawyers and victims' advocates say they're encouraged by the new national conversation, which they say marks a departure from decades of denial.

Half of that quantity reported experiencing such abuse in Spain, which applied a series of true and academic measures in 2004 that slashed its domestic violence rates.

Among committed activists and ordinary citizens, she highlighted a growing participation of men with posters such as "Down with the Patriarchy" and "Crime of Passion = Femicide", one of the main criticisms that associations have released to the press, where in many newspapers the phrase "crime of passion" is used to refer to domestic murders. This has to stop.

"When I was little we didn't talk about these things, we suffered in silence, and I feel that from #MeToo we can talk, because they listen to us more and more".

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