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Torches were lit at the end of the commemorative march for the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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With whistles, banners, drums and megaphones, the different groups marched from the Plaza del Teatro to the Plaza Grande, in the historic center of Quito, as part of the acts to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The relatives of disappeared persons were the ones who led the walk, which began at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday the 24th. They raised posters showing the faces of women who had disappeared months and years ago.

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The Regional Foundation for Human Rights Advice (Inredh) indicated through its social networks that at least 52% of disappeared persons are women.

“You have to strengthen issues so that it is clear that machismo is no longer an option,” says director of the Police School

The organization pointed out on its Twitter account that the relatives of the victims make visible that the irregularities in their cases are part of a structural violence.

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The groups that participated in the march asked the President of the Republic to work on structural changes in the judicial system.

In the Plaza Grande, with a megaphone, the president of the Association of Relatives and Friends of Disappeared Persons in Ecuador (Asfadec), Lidia Rueda, stressed that it is necessary to provide responses to the increase in violent deaths of women.

Rueda indicated that so far in 2022 there have been at least 210 violent deaths of women for reasons of gender and that, in addition, one in ten women has been a victim of sexual abuse.

The relatives of disappeared persons raised their voices in protest so that the government authorities act quickly on the processes in the judicial sphere. The members of the collectives requested that changes be made in the Prosecutor’s Office.

At the end of the day, the social organizations carried out a performance and they lit torches in commemoration of the women victims of violence and as a sign to the State that the families continue in their fight so that the investigations of the cases of gender violence are clarified.

At 4:00 p.m. on Friday the 25th, another march was called that will start from the Circassiana arch, on Patria y Amazonas avenue, to Santo Domingo square. In this walk you will visit Gran Colombia avenue, 12 de Octubre avenue and Guayaquil street. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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