According to the organizers of feminist tidal wave marches in France, more than 50,000 came out on the streets to demand an end to the sexual and other violence against women. Nearly 30,000 attended the rally in French capital Paris.
But the local authorities put the Paris turnout at 12,000 and similar marches in Lyon, Marseille and Rennes at between 1,000 and 2,400, but organizers felt moved to salute “the largest (feminist) mobilization France has known”, far bigger than a rally that drew some 2,000 last year.
The participants wearing the purple, the colour of the women´s activist protest movement, shouted slogans including “sick of rape”, “end impunity for aggressors” and “a woman is never responsible for the violence she suffers”, while also demanding sufficient government resources to tackle the issue.
French President Emmanuel Macron extended his support in a tweet: “The fight against violence against women is progressing daily but our society has a long way to go — everyone must act and fight as this is everybody´s business.” French president Macron last year made sexual equality a priority of his presidency.
France saw the 23 percent rises in the cases of sexual violence against women. According to the latest French government figures, 2017 saw 225,000 cases of domestic violence against women by their partners while 2016 saw 123 deaths.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced to launch an online platform for reporting sexual violence and sexism. The online platform will be launched on November 27. “This is the first milestone, technical and political, to eradicate” violence, he said in a Facebook post.“From now, a few clicks can help everyone make a new start: for themselves, for their family. And perhaps avoid the worst,“said the French prime minister.
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17 November, 2019