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Uruguayan Women Protest Gender Violence, Demand Femicide Law

IN PICTURES: Women take to the streets to fight back against misogynist violence in Uruguay

Hundreds of women took to the street in Uruguay's capital city of Montevideo Wednesday to protest gender violence after a string of femicides in the last month have stirred outrage in the South American country. 

A continental movement against femicides surged last year after a number of aggregious cases brought heightened attention to the problem of gender violence in countries including Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

Uruguay joined the wave of outrage in the latest protests, using the slogan "Ni una menos," which translates to "Not one less" — a demand for not one more victim of femicide.

The demonstration comes after five women have been killed since the beginning of 2017 and lawmakers have called to reactivate a 2015 bill that seeks to introduce femicide as a crime in the penal code. 

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Women and feminist organizations march against femicide in Montevideo, Feb. 8, 2017.
Women and feminist organizations march against femicide in Montevideo, Feb. 8, 2017. Photo:EFE
Slogans at the march included "Ni una menos," meaning "Not one less" — meaning not one more victim of femicide.
Slogans at the march included "Ni una menos," meaning "Not one less" — meaning not one more victim of femicide. Photo:EFE
Demonstrators also shouted another common slogan of the anti-femicide movement, "Vivas nos queremos," meaning "We want ourselves alive."
Demonstrators also shouted another common slogan of the anti-femicide movement, "Vivas nos queremos," meaning "We want ourselves alive." Photo:EFE
Demonstrators carried signs commemorating the victims of femicide in the country.
Demonstrators carried signs commemorating the victims of femicide in the country. Photo:EFE
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In the country's most recent case of femicide, a 45-year-old man killed his 42-year-old partner at their home in Montevideo. Photo:EFE
In another recent case, Valeria Sosa was shot in the head by her husband, a police officer, who used his issued firearm to kill her in front of her two children
In another recent case, Valeria Sosa was shot in the head by her husband, a police officer, who used his issued firearm to kill her in front of her two children Photo:EFE
According to the Ministry of the Interior, in 2016 there were 22 fatal cases of women murdered by their partners.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, in 2016 there were 22 fatal cases of women murdered by their partners. Photo:EFE
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