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France: Paris demo protests violence against women

France, Paris
September 08, 2019 at 17:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Women reportedly from the Yellow Vests movement and other associations rallied in front of the Salvation Army Foundation - Palace of the Women building in Paris, on Saturday, to protest violence against women and the government's 'Grenelle of domestic violence' initiative.

"Today, in France since the beginning of the year, the number of femicides has increased," explained Philomene, a member of the Du Pain et Des Roses collective.

Another protester took aim at the 'Grenelle of domestic violence', a government initiative aimed at curbing femicides that was announced by the Secretary of Equality between women and men Marlene Schiappa. "We think that all this is communication. And we would like, first of all, a real Minister of Women's Rights and someone who takes demands seriously and who is not just doing communication."

Protesters could be seen chanting and wearing signs reading "Schiappa you're screwed, we are not dead!" and "+100 femicides, it's enough."

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Women reportedly from the Yellow Vests movement and other associations rallied in front of the Salvation Army Foundation - Palace of the Women building in Paris, on Saturday, to protest violence against women and the government's 'Grenelle of domestic violence' initiative.

"Today, in France since the beginning of the year, the number of femicides has increased," explained Philomene, a member of the Du Pain et Des Roses collective.

Another protester took aim at the 'Grenelle of domestic violence', a government initiative aimed at curbing femicides that was announced by the Secretary of Equality between women and men Marlene Schiappa. "We think that all this is communication. And we would like, first of all, a real Minister of Women's Rights and someone who takes demands seriously and who is not just doing communication."

Protesters could be seen chanting and wearing signs reading "Schiappa you're screwed, we are not dead!" and "+100 femicides, it's enough."

W/S Women marching against femicides, Paris

M/S Protesters chanting

M/S Woman talking to police officers *UPSOUND* (French): "I don't have a right to get angry at police violence, at macho violence?"

M/S Protesters marching by Bastille square

SOT, Philomene, Member of the Du Pain et Des Roses collective (French): "Today, in France since the beginning of the year, the number of femicides has increased. And I think that it is one of the most revolting things in society to see the violence that is being done against women. That's why we responded to the call."

M/S Protesters sitting on ground; police officer standing

M/S Protesters by subway entrance *UPSOUND* (French): "Justice for precarious women who commit suicide in so-called social centres."

SOT, Anne, Member of the National collective of women's rights (French): "There is no political will in terms of the means necessary to open up flats for victims of violence and shelters, places where women can be listened to. And we think that all this ['Grenelle of domestic violence'] is communication. And we would like, first of all, a real Minister of Women's Rights and someone who takes demands seriously and who is not just doing communication."

C/U Sign (French): "Schiappa [Secretary of Equality between women and men] you're screwed, we are not dead!"

SOT, Oriane, Member of Salvation Army Foundation -Palace of Women (French): "The right solution is that the government frees one billion euros, that they give a budget, we want to have a budget. We're tired of empty words, of marketing, of hypocrisy."

C/U Sign (French): "+100 femicides, it's enough"

M/S Police officers lined up by protesters

M/S Armed police officer by protesters

W/S Protesters by the Salvation Army Foundation - Palace of the Women building

C/U Salvation Army Foundation - Palace of the Women building

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