08 Mar '11, 5pm

International Women's Day shines harsh light on 'femicide'

International Women's Day shines harsh light on 'femicide'

PARIS: International Women's Day marked its 100th year on Tuesday with protests against "femicide" in its various forms around the world - from honour killings in Turkey to wanton violence in Guatemala to the deadly crushing of a women's rally in Ivory Coast. In Turkey, thousands of women marched to denounce honour crimes despite a 2005 law that carries jail terms of up to life imprisonment. "Don't Turn Our Wedding Dresses into Shrouds," they chanted. A woman deemed to have brought shame on her family perhaps because she was raped or eloped with a boyfriend to avoid an arranged marriage can be the victim of an honour killing by a male family member. Hundreds of women demonstrated in Ivory Coast meanwhile to condemn the killing of seven women at a rally last week demanding that strongman Laurent Gbagbo quit the presidency after losing elections. Mostly dressed in white and ...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/111...

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