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Members of feminist organizations rally against gender violence on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in Valparaiso

Thousands of demonstrators across the world protest violence against women

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.

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.

People are covered with red umbrellas to commemorate the victims of gender violence during the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Oviedo

People are covered with red umbrellas to commemorate the victims of gender violence during the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Oviedo, northern Spain, on Nov. 25, 2017. Photo by Eloy Alonso/Reuters

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.

Protesters carry torches and walk behind a banner reading "Your truth is Ours. Our Word Counts" during a demonstration on the World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Bilbao

Protesters carry torches and walk behind a banner reading “Your truth is Ours. Our Word Counts” during a demonstration on the World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Bilbao, northern Spain, on Nov. 25, 2017. Photo by Vincent West/Reuters

Demonstrators and relatives of women who were either murdered or disappeared take part in a march during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in Mexico City, Mexico, on Nov. 25, 2017. Photo by Henry Romero/Reuters

Women cycle to mark the International Day for the U.N. Elimination of Violence Against Women in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on Nov. 25, 2017. Photo by Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Activist holds purple balloons at El Navajo creek during a ceremony to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Praxedis G. Guerrero

An activist holds purple balloons at El Navajo creek, where the bodies of several women were found, during a ceremony to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Praxedis G. Guerrero, on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Nov. 24, 2017. Photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

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