Some 120 feminicides have been recorded in France since the beginning of the current year. Faced with this macabre acceleration experienced by the country (9 women killed by their companions or ex-spouses in November), several demonstrations are planned this Saturday, November 19 throughout the country to denounce this violence.
Tens of thousands of people are therefore expected to demonstrate at the call of associations, unions or left-wing parties, led by the collective #WeAll. The activists are demanding a public budget of 2 billion euros per year and a “framework law” including in particular 15,000 additional dedicated accommodation places, a strengthening of education in sexual and emotional life at school or even ” brigades and specialized courts”.
Processions in several cities
This Saturday, several tens of thousands of demonstrators will march through the streets at the call of the collective #Nous Tous to “denounce the impunity of the aggressors and demand measures against sexist and sexual violence”, a mobilization which comes before the world day campaign against violence against women, on 25 November.
Saturday November 19 #WeAll demonstrate to say stop to sexist and sexual violence. To denounce the impunity of the aggressors, in the name of all the victims abandoned by justice.
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— #WeAll (@WeAllOrg) June 5, 2022
In police stations, courts or within political parties, “the last few months have proven to what extent the voices of victims of gender violence have been called into question”, protest the organizers of the mobilization.
Five years after the emergence of the #MeToo movement, “sexist and sexual violence remains massive” and public policies “not adapted to the issue”, say the organizers in their call to demonstrate, signed by nearly 90 associations, unions or left-wing parties.
Feminist associations also deplore the “dismissals and derisory sentences” decided by the courts and castigate the “gag lawsuits” brought by “powerful, well-known men accused of rape”, who attack their accusers for defamation for “silence” them.
They recall “final figures”: 80% of complaints for domestic violence are closed without action, 65% of victims of feminicides had seized the police or the justice system, two thirds of victims report a bad grip. in charge when they want to lodge a complaint, 90% of complaints for sexual harassment at work are dismissed, 0.6% of rapes are condemned, 92% of children who speak of sexual violence are not protected.
Demonstrations are planned in several cities in France: in Paris, the procession will leave at 2 p.m. from the Place de la République and will join that of the Nation. Demonstrations are also planned in Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Lille, Strasbourg, Rennes, Nancy or Dijon, in particular. The complete list of planned gatherings is available on the We All website.
Activists call for creating “a tidal wave in the street to cry out our anger, and to convey the urgency of protecting the victims and guaranteeing everyone their fundamental right to live free from violence”.