“Standing against gender violence.”
With this slogan, a large group of representatives of French, feminist and immigrant groups marched Friday in Paris. Their manifesto points out that, in France, each year there are 86,000 rapes, but only 1.5 percent reach a conviction and a sentence. That 216,000 women are victims of domestic violence and 122 were killed in 2015.
“We live in a country where populist and reactionary discourses increase and would have you believe that closing the borders would be enough to stop the violence against women,” the feminists write. “We live in a country that participates in armed conflicts that cause bloodshed, sexual assaults, rape as a weapon of war, kidnapping, trafficking, deportations and increased poverty.”
It must, however, give priority “for negotiation and participation of women in peace processes” so that the land of human rights “will finally become one of women’s rights.”