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Thousands march in Paris on International Women’s Day

Thousands of demonstrators marched through Paris on Sunday (March 8) for women’s rights as people around the world celebrated International Women’s Day.

Women demonstrators dressed in blue danced to feminist tunes at the event, while some held signs with names of French victims of femicide, or deadly domestic violence.

For some demonstrators, the day marked an opportunity to call on real equality between men and women, citing issues of disparity in professional and academic sectors.

Protesters also evoked the severe state of femicides in France, as more than 130 women were killed by their partners in the country in 2019 according to the French government.

In September 2019, France launched a months-long national forum – nationally dubbed “grenelle” – to discuss domestic violence prevention and victim support, but the initiative has been met with criticism from anti-femicide groups, with many saying it was insufficient.

The march also comes a week after director Roman Polanski, who faces accusations of rape, scooped France’s Cesar Award for best directing for his film “An Officer and a Spy,” prompting a walkout by several women in the audience during the awards ceremony.

(Production: Antony Paone, Yonathan Van der Voort, Ardee Napolitano)

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