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Women And Men Take To The Streets Of Valletta To March Against Femicide

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Cover photo: Aleksandar Dimitrijevic

Scores of women and men gathered Saturday morning near Valletta’s City Gate to march against femicide in Malta.

Dressed in black and denouncing the unjust killing of women on the island, the attendees highlighted the names and memories of the women who were murdered by a man in their life that they thought cared for them.

“In the last 20 years, 26 women have had their lives taken away by those that claim to love them, four in the last three months. This is unacceptable and should never be tolerated. We continue to live in a misogynistic and patriarchal society where women are blamed and their action or lack thereof are questioned. Time and time again many question the behaviour of the victim and not the perpetrator. It is men that kill women and not the other way around,” said the Women’s Rights Foundation.

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Pictured: Placards displaying the names of murdered Maltese women

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Pictured: An activist prepares for the march

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Pictured: The march highlighting the women who were killed

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Pictured: Lara Dimitrijevic, a prominent women’s rights campaigner

Various civil organisations such as the Women’s Rights Foundation, Marcy Foundation and the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society marched alongside organisers, activists, and citizens.

The march was organised following the shocking murder of Lourdes Agius, mother of 6, by her partner and the father of her children. Following an outcry from many parts of society, a demonstration to show the opposition to the acceptance of femicide in Malta was planned.

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What do you think should be done to combat femicide in Malta?

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