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The Parisian “colleuses” paid tribute, this Sunday evening in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, to the 122 women killed for a year, at the time of the creation of their movement, by forming a “memorial” with the first names of the victims.

Sunday evening, for nearly an hour and a half, more than a hundred splicers took turns to line the walls with the names of the 122 victims of feminicides, painted in large black letters.

"The violence of all these feminicides testifies to the inaction of the State"

“We had goosebumps when we arrived,” says Sarah Mesure, 21, who has been sticking since the beginning of January. "It is impressive to see so many girls reunited, and to realize at the same time the road traveled by the splicers for a year, and the violence of all these feminicides, which testify to the inaction of the State", estimates- she does.

For about fifty of them like Alix, 20, this is the first bonding operation: “We are not used to seeing women gathering in the street like that, it allows us to reclaim ourselves. public space, and to feel in our place, for once ”. Among the 122 names are 111 victims of conjugal feminicides, according to a count of the collective "Feminicides by companions or ex" since August 30, 2019, 10 sex workers and a 15-year-old girl including a repeat offender man confessed to the rape on Thursday and the murder in Nantes on August 20.

A minute of silence in tribute to the victims

The splicers were able to go to the end of the realization of their memorial, the police especially ensuring the respect of the wearing of the mask. After placing flowers in honor of the victims, they completed the operation by observing a minute of silence. From a handful of activists in Paris, collages against feminicides and domestic violence have spread throughout France and in a dozen other countries, from Israel to Mexico.

To date, at least 47 suspected feminicides have occurred since the start of 2020, according to an AFP count. In 2019, AFP recorded at least 126 women killed by their partner or ex, or one woman every three days on average. According to figures released by the Interior Ministry on August 17, 146 women were killed in 2019 by their spouse or ex-companion, 25 more than the previous year.


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