Mobilization of women around the world for their violated rights

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Mobilization of women around the world for their violated rights

Thousands of women marched in the streets of Pakistan on Tuesday, despite government attempts to have the protests called off.

From Kabul to Paris via Barcelona, ​​women from all over the world are demonstrating on Wednesday to defend their rights, flouted in various places on the planet.

Taliban in power in Afghanistan, repression of the protest provoked in Iran by the death of Mahsa Amini, questioning of the right to abortion or feminicides: the reasons for mobilization are numerous on this International Women's Rights Day.< /p>

In Pakistan, a very conservative and patriarchal country, they have taken to the streets by the thousands despite attempts by the authorities to prevent marches, where often taboo subjects such as divorce, sexual harassment or menstruation.

We will no longer sit in silence. It's our day, it's our time, summed up Rabail Akhtar, a teacher in Lahore. Why are they so afraid of women defending their rights?, added Soheila Afzal, a graphic designer.

March for Iranian Women, London.

In Afghanistan, the most repressive country in the world with regard to women's rights, according to Rosa Otunbaïeva, head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), there were about twenty of them demonstrating in Kabul. noted AFP.

Since the Taliban's return to power in August 2021, women and girls have been erased from public life in this country, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. worried that gender equality is slipping further and further around the world.

At the current pace, [the organization] UN Women is fixing it 300 years from now, he said.

Protesters have formed a human chain for the women's rights in Tel Aviv, Israel.

At a Forbes summit in Abu Dhabi, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her part highlighted on Wednesday that women and children are the main victims of conflict and climate change and that no place shows us this more dramatically today than Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also paid tribute on Wednesday to the women who have sacrificed their lives since the start of the Russian invasion a year ago. His Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin celebrated women who fulfill their duty, especially in the military.

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Symbolic and unprecedented step on the eve of March 8, the European Union adopted sanctions on Tuesday against individuals responsible for violations of women's rights in six countries, including the Taliban Minister of Higher Education, Neda Mohammad Nadeem, while Afghan women are no longer allowed to go to university or secondary education.

The United Kingdom followed the European Union on Wednesday in freezing assets and banning several individuals and entities responsible for violence against women in Iran, Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

In neighboring Ireland, the government has meanwhile announced that the population will vote in a referendum in November on the withdrawal from the Constitution of articles considered outdated on the place of women, supposed to be at home. .

Elsewhere in Europe, rallies have taken place, notably in Spain, where a purple tide is expected in Madrid from 7 p.m. local time, or in France, a country in which the protest was placed under the sign of the fight against pension reform, accused of being unfair to women.

My skirt isn't short, it's your education that is: in Barcelona, ​​several thousand women pounded the pavement, while in France, the women at the head of the Parisian procession chanted pensions, salaries, the women are angry.

Demonstration for women's rights in Madrid, Spain.

In Turkey, which holds an average of one femicide per day and where three women were killed on Wednesday, according to media locals, a protest is planned around Istanbul's Taksim Square, despite it being banned by the authorities.

In Hong Kong, a protest had to be called off after seeing its members summoned by the police.

In Cuba, for lack of being able to demonstrate freely, independent feminist organizations will for their part bypass the official celebrations by mobilizing through a virtual demonstration on social networks, where they will raise awareness in particular on feminicides.

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International Women's Day protests mingled with popular protests against pension reform in France.

In Mexico, it's notably with the slogan Plus une only woman murdered that protesters will march through the main cities of the country.

Same slogan in Colombia, where rallies are planned to demand action against the; increase in the number of feminicides, from 182 in 2020 to 614 last year, according to the public prosecutor's office.

Feminists are also particularly mobilizing around the world to defend the right to abortion, called into question in particular in the United States by the decision of the Supreme Court in June to revoke the judgment “Roe v. Wade” of 1973 guaranteeing this right.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron has announced the presentation of a bill in the coming months to register the interruption voluntary pregnancy in the Constitution.

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