"Let us honor our dead, protect our living": about sixty activists drew up a "memorial" in Paris on Sunday for the victims of feminicides, by sticking the first names of 111 women killed in 2020 on a wall.
Sarah, Virginie, Grâce, Mathilde, Claudette… The first names of the victims were displayed in black letters on a wall in the 11th arrondissement, located in a covered passage, sheltered from bad weather.
"In 2020, the patriarchy is still killing: 98 marital feminicides, 11 sex workers and two transgender people killed," proclaimed another inscription displayed in front of this memorial.
This figure of 98 feminicides - identified by the associative collective "Feminicides by companion or ex", is lower than the 146 officially recorded in 2019. "But in 2020, there was much more violence" against women, said Camille, one of the spokespersons for the “Colleuses” movement.
According to the Minister for Citizenship, Marlène Schiappa, the online sexual and gender-based violence reporting platform recorded a 60% increase in calls from victims during the second confinement compared to normal, while this increase was 40 % during the first containment in spring 2020.
"More listened to dead than alive"
The "splicers", perched on stepladders or trash cans to put up their posters and hang bouquets of flowers between the first names of the victims, also stuck slogans such as "Guilty state, complicit justice", "More listened to dead than alive ", Or" Reforms before we are dead ".
"The government is not acting enough" against the scourge of feminicides, summed up Camille, who calls for "money, resources for associations", as well as a more rapid deployment of anti-rapprochement bracelets, intended to hold spouses or former spouses at a distance.
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These bonding actions, carried out regularly throughout Paris and its suburbs, must also help mobilize citizens, according to her.
"We must not close our eyes: we hear the neighbor screaming, and we do not dare to interfere, it is no longer possible!