Thousands Defy Virus Restrictions For Women's Day Rallies
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Tue 09th March 2021 | 09:30 AM
Mexico City, March 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 9th Mar, 2021 ) :Tens of thousands on Monday defied coronavirus restrictions, gathering worldwide on International Women's Day to denounce gender violence and inequalities.
Women took to the streets in peaceful democracies and in countries gripped by conflict, though in far smaller numbers than last year, when the full force of the Covid-19 pandemic had yet to hit the world.
"Together we are the fire, burn everything," said one banner in the crowd, some of whom angrily kicked at a wooden fence around the Monument to the Revolution.
"My daughter was raped. I am grateful that she is alive," 45-year-old Leticia Resendiz told AFP.
"We want to be free, alive and without fear," said posters carried by the demonstrators.
Clashes broke out in Chile, as police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who painted the slogan "They are killing us" on the esplanade next to Plaza Italia, in central Santiago.
More than 100 activists wearing purple to symbolize women's struggle gathered outside the prosecutor's office in Honduras to demand justice for nurse Keyla Martinez, 26, who died in police custody last month.
"Here, the life of the woman is worth nothing," said Maria Julia Avila, 49.
In France, where one woman is killed every three days by their partner or ex-partner, according to 2019 government figures, tens of thousands marched in major cities to call for stronger police action against femicide.
"Rape is a crime against humanity," read one poster, referring to a BBC report alleging systemic rape and forced sterilization in the camps -- charges China denies.
Thousands marched elsewhere in Istanbul and Ankara, many of them angered by a recent viral video purporting to show an attack on a woman by her ex-husband in front of their five-year-old child in the country's north.
"We're not scared, we won't be silent and we won't bow down," some posters read.
Several thousand demonstrators massed in Barcelona for a socially distanced march, wearing purple masks and carrying posters with slogans such as: "No means no" and "The real pandemic is machismo." "The pandemic has made the differences clearer. Who's been left to look after everyone at home? Who's had problems going back to work?" asked Alys Samson, 29.
Three of the world's most influential female leaders -- US Vice President Kamala Harris, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen -- told the European Parliament the economic and political fallout from the pandemic has sharpened the challenges facing women worldwide.