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PICS: International Women’s Day in Madrid Draws 40,000 Protesters

MADRID (AFP) – Around 40,000 protesters took to the streets of Madrid on Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day and call for an end to domestic violence.

Gathered in the central square, the protesters carried posters reading “Justice” and “We are not all here” — in reference to victims of violence who have lost their lives.

Municipal officials estimated at least 40,000 people had rallied in Madrid, and smaller protests were held in Barcelona and other cities.

Women attend a rally during the International Women’s Day in Madrid on March 8, 2017. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty)

“Gender violence must end, equality must be attained and the ‘glass ceiling’ for women in business broken,” Marta Garcia, a protester at the Madrid rally, told AFP.

But Garcia said she was pleased to see the number of men taking part in the demonstration.

Manuela Carmena, the city’s mayor, released a video message together with the mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau, advocating to an end to violence against women.

A demonstrator holds a placard reading “you are not prettier when you are quiet” during a rally on the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017 in Madrid. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty)

In the last three months of 2016 there were 38,402 reports of domestic violence, marking a 14 percent increase compared to the previous year, according to figures provided by a watchdog group.

Elsewhere in Europe and around the world marches were held to mark International Women’s Day, with rallies taking place in Istanbul, Ukraine, New York and Buenos Aires.

A group of women take part in a rally on the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017 in Madrid. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty)

A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Justice for a women” during a rally on the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017 in Madrid. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty)

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