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    According to Chile's Women and Gender Equality Ministry, 43 women were killed in incidents of domestic violence in 2017, nine more compared to the previous year.    | Photo: EFE

Published 17 May 2018

"Today we are condemning what my aunt ignored and my mother experienced and kept quiet about," said one of the thousands of placards. 

Thousands of women flooded Chile's capital's La Moneda presidential palace under the banner of "No means no!" in Chile Wednesday to protest sexual abuse and harassment. 

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"Today we are condemning what my aunt ignored and my mother experienced and kept quiet about," said one of the thousands of placards. 

"It's the time to say 'enough'- enough abuse, violence, and discrimination," said Maria Astudillo, 26, a student at Catholic University, where students are occupying some faculties the AFP reported. 

The women-led protests which took place at Santiago's Alameda Avenue to Los Heroes square, near the presidential palace came after several weeks of denunciations of rapes, sexual abuse and workplace harassment and at a time when women are occupying education institutes, effectively shutting them down to demand gender parity.   

Last week some 20,000 people joined a demonstration in Santiago called under the banner "NiUnaMenos" ("Not one (woman) less"), which has become a prominent women's movement on the Latin American continent against gender-based violence. 

The mobilizations began in April after faculty abuses of students at the Austral University, in the south of the country, and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile, surfaced. 

"It is a new impulse of the women's movement in Chile, but unlike what has happened in other times, it is now clearly defined as a feminist," said Carmen Andrade, director of Gender Equality at the University of Chile, according to El Pais. "The problem that is motivating the demonstrations - violence and sexual harassment that occurs in the universities - is profound and felt by all."

In recent days, several actresses have accused a well-known Chilean soap opera director, Herval Abreu, of sexual abuse during casting sessions at his apartment. 

According to country's Women and Gender Equality Ministry, 43 women were killed in incidents of domestic violence in 2017, nine more compared to the previous year. 


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