Femicides: Hundreds gathered to protest against domestic violence in France

Femicides: Hundreds gathered to protest against domestic violence in France

Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Paris aimed at raising awareness they demanded immediate  crackdown on ‘femicides'(domestic violence) in France.

The demonstrations hosted by several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered all protesters including various celebrities on the square of ‘Place de la Republique’.

They chant ‘Enough’ and carry ‘Stop femicides’ banners or ‘Planet needs women alive’, in protesting the increase in femicides in the country.

The protesters consisted of women of all ages and some men were meditating for 74 seconds in honor of 74 women who were the victims of domestic violence so far.

The death rate in domestic violence is based on the data compiled by the Facebook group ‘Femicides par compagnons ou ex’ and is said to be four people killed this week.

According to the statistics by the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, 130 women were killed in 2017 by their husbands or couples, and up to 123 victims in 2016.

“It’s a massacre. We need to raise awareness of what is happening today, it means behind the evolution of society, there is a setback and more women are being killed today, “said actress and friend to former French President Francois Hollande, Julie Gayet.

French Gender Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa in a joint interview with ‘Journal du Dimanche’ said the government in September would launch a massive consultation to formulate a new approach in preventing femicides, the government is keen to address the issue.

The consultation will involve domestic ministers and judges, support groups and several NGOs.

French Minister Marlene Schiappa said the government would also launch several campaigns to ensure domestic violence was reported.

“No country has ever reached zero ‘femicides’ but I believe that if we work, we can energetically do better in the future,” in an interview he said.

Read also: France announces “Orange state” of severe heat wave in 13 areas

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