Tens of thousands march in Madrid to protest violence against women, domestic abuse

Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena and Barcelona mayor Ada Colau. Photo: El Pais
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• Massive march protests chronic problem of gender violence & domestic abuse

• 84 women have died in gender-related violence in first 10 months of 2015

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Madrid Nov. 7 to protest violence against women nationwide.

Some 1,300 women have died in gender-related violence since 1995 and in 2015 alone 84 women have died as a result of gender violence, according to the march’s organizers. Government statistics say the number of those women killed by partners or ex-partners in what are classified as domestic disputes stands at 41 so far this year.

The protest called on all Spanish government institutions to take strong measures to help prevent violence by men against women and to apply the terms of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The demonstration also demanded the government implement measures to facilitate the social, economic and emotional recovery of the victims and their children.

Representatives of all Spain’s political parties participated in the march, as well as activist mayors Manuela Carmena of Madrid and Ada Colau of Barcelona.

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