People in Turkey, France, Chile, Italy, Mozambique, Sweden, Spain and other countries marched this weekend in support of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, commencing two weeks of campaigning for gender equality.
One in every three females experience violence in their lifetime, most often from their partners, according to the UN, and the trend holds the world back from sustainable development.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron announced an initiative to make it easier to report sexual assault claims to police. Macron said that 123 women died from violence last year and encouraged women to take action.
“It is time for shame to change camps,” he said.
Soon after, hundreds marched through Paris, demanding the government do more to educate children about sexism and violence.
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While orange was the official color of the day – the color that monuments across Europe were lit on Friday night – other groups had their own schemes.
Achieving gender equality is the 5th of 17 goals the UN has outlined in its wish list for 2030. In collaboration with the European Union, the UN also recently launched an initiative to spend $500 million euros (about $596,650,000) to work toward eliminating violence against women in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean.
In the following weeks, the UN is campaigning to empower specific groups, including indigenous women and women with disabilities, leading up to International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.
See more photos of today’s demonstrations below.