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In pictures: Women march in Paris against sexual violence

© Mehdi Chebil, France 24 | Thousands of women took part in a protest against sexual harassment and assault in Paris on November 25, 2017.

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by Mehdi CHEBIL

Latest update : 2017-11-26

Thousands of women took to the streets Saturday in Paris to protest against sexual harassment and assault as President Emmanuel Macron pledged to make gender equality a major cause of his five-year mandate.

“Liberty, Equality, Sorority”, “Yesterday’s Victims, Tomorrow's Heroes”, “We Won’t Remain Silent”, read some of the banners held by protesters, who were predominantly women.

Saturday’s march was the biggest feminist protest in Paris since millions of women across the world shared their experience of sexual abuse on social networks under the hashtag #MeToo.

Protesters reacted with caution to measures unveiled a few hours earlier by President Macron. Measures announced include educating secondary school children about pornography and simplifying the system for rape and assault victims to go to the police. Macron also discussed making gender-based insults an offence in order to combat harassment in the street.

“Macron’s idea to make gender-based insults punishable by law is good but I’m wondering how it is going to be implemented," said Rozenn André, a 34-year-old comedian. “If a woman is alone, if there is no police officer around, if the person harassing you is very subtle … it’s going to be difficult to enforce."

(AP, AFP)

Date created : 2017-11-25

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