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Women Worldwide Take to the Streets to Kick Violence to the Curb

IN PICTURES: Women took to the streets worldwide, from Chile to Turkey, to demand an end to violence.

Women, as well as allies, gathered worldwide to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by holding demonstrations, rallies and protests.

The chosen date, November 25, is the anniversary of the 1960 assassination of the Mirabal sisters – political activists in the Dominican Republic – whose killings were carried out by U.S.-backed dictator Rafael Trujillo's right-hand man and his cronies.

According to the United Nations, violence against women is a reality for 1 in 3 women worldwide.
 

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Hundreds of women from various left-wing organizations marched, with banners and homemade signs, against sexist violence and oppression in Greece.
Hundreds of women from various left-wing organizations marched, with banners and homemade signs, against sexist violence and oppression in Greece. Photo:Facebook / Εργατική Αλληλεγγύη
Demonstrators, including relatives of women who were either murdered or are missing, take part in a march in Mexico City.
Demonstrators, including relatives of women who were either murdered or are missing, take part in a march in Mexico City. Photo:Reuters
A demonstrator shouts slogans as she holds a placard during a gathering in Diyarbakir, Turkey.
A demonstrator shouts slogans as she holds a placard during a gathering in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photo:Reuters
Members of various feminist organizations rally against gender violence on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Valparaiso, Chile.
Members of various feminist organizations rally against gender violence on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo:Reuters
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 on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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 on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photo:Reuters
Women in San Salvador, El Salvador participate in the U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Women in San Salvador, El Salvador participate in the U.N. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo:Reuters
People display red umbrellas to commemorate the victims of gender violence during the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women rally in Oviedo, northern Spain.
People display red umbrellas to commemorate the victims of gender violence during the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women rally in Oviedo, northern Spain. Photo:Reuters
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