Lebanon: 'This is systemic violence' — Candlelit vigil for victims of femicide

Figures from within the Lebanese women’s movement organised a candlelit vigil for four victims of femicide in the last fortnight, outside Beirut’s National Museum on Saturday. The protest organisers called for an end to violence against women, after the deaths of Youmn Darwich, Fatima Abou Hasna, 15-year old Nazira Tartousi and British diplomat Rebecca Dykes. Sara Mourad, an Amnesty... Еще International activist, blamed ‘patriarchal violence and toxic masculinity’ for the tragic loss of life. She said, «This is not a coincidence, that this is the result of a patriarchal masculinist society. Our first call is to society itself, to wake up and to realise that this is a form of systemic violence.» In an interview, Maya Ammar, spokesperson from campaign group KAFA, meaning Enough in Arabic, said the aim of the protest was to draw attention to the problem of gender-based violence. «We are here today to commemorate the four women who were killed last week, which was a bloody week for women, before there were twelve women and nobody say anything about them. We are here to demand real justice for them so that this male violence will not happen to us», she said. According to the group behind the protest, there have been 16 cases of femicide in Lebanon this year. Sara Mourad, an activist from Amnesty International, hoped the event would bring about change. She said, «Our first call is to society itself, to wake up and to realise that this is a form of systemic violence»

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