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Italy: Thousands join feminist march against gender violence in Rome

Thousands of feminist activists took to the streets of Rome to march against gender violence on Saturday.

The protesters assembled in the Italian capital on the day after the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’.

Activists could be seen with signs reading ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ and holding banners against Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

“We are on the streets like this every year against sexist violence against women and against gender violence. From the beginning of the year to today in Italy, 107 women have been murdered at the hands of a partner or ex-partner, a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend. This tells us that the problem of violence is structural and is not an emergency or an exception,” said a feminist campaigner.

“We ask for an increase in social policies, we ask for financing, above all to get out of violence. The instruments put into practice have been cancelled by the new Meloni government, which cancels self-determination and threatens the right to abortion in Italy,” added another.

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