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Women Take to Ecuador Streets Against Sexism, Femicides

Rallying under the slogan "Vivas Nos Queremos" (We Want Us Alive), thousands of women took to the streets of Quito Saturday to demand safe and legal abortion, protest impunity in gender-related violence, and to shed light on their historic struggles, ‘doing justice’ by their own hands.

They left El Ejido Park at 4 p.m. and walked to the city's historical center, to the 24 de Mayo square.

The march was organized on the occasion of International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women which is marked on Nov. 25. 

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#VivasNosQueremos has been the rallying cry for the national march in Quito.
#VivasNosQueremos has been the rallying cry for the national march in Quito. Photo:teleSUR
Some women protesters hold up a banner calling for a "Feminist Insurrection".
Some women protesters hold up a banner calling for a "Feminist Insurrection". Photo:teleSUR
The current government of Lenin Moreno shows a lack of political willingness to act in favor of women.
The current government of Lenin Moreno shows a lack of political willingness to act in favor of women. Photo:teleSUR
A woman displaying her act with fire and chains during the march.
A woman displaying her act with fire and chains during the march. Photo:teleSUR
On lookers from a bridge show support for the demonstrators.
On lookers from a bridge show support for the demonstrators. Photo:teleSUR
The protesters highlighted femicides and the issue of violence against women, which includes sexual violence but also state violence through abortion restrictions.
The protesters highlighted femicides and the issue of violence against women, which includes sexual violence but also state violence through abortion restrictions. Photo:teleSUR
A cross section of groups advocating for LGBTI rights, abortion, end to impunity within the legal system and other kinds of violence against women.
A cross section of groups advocating for LGBTI rights, abortion, end to impunity within the legal system and other kinds of violence against women. Photo:teleSUR
The question of class was also brought up by the organizers as it constitutes an important dynamic while talking about violence against women.
The question of class was also brought up by the organizers as it constitutes an important dynamic while talking about violence against women. Photo:teleSUR
Mayra Tirira, cousin of 19-year-old Johanna Cifuentes -a victim of a femicide that remain unresolved for six years- told teleSUR that people are joining the march “to make justice for ourselves, and what this justice implies is gaining social visibility for women suffering from violence, and for a complaint against the state and society demanding that this type of violence needs to stop.”
Mayra Tirira, cousin of 19-year-old Johanna Cifuentes -a victim of a femicide that remain unresolved for six years- told teleSUR that people are joining the march “to make justice for ourselves, and what this justice implies is gaining social visibility for women suffering from violence, and for a complaint against the state and society demanding that this type of violence needs to stop.” Photo:teleSUR
Like every group striving for progress, Vivas Nos Queremos is facing push back, especially from conservative groups self-defined as pro-life represented by the Don’t Mess with my Children platform (Con mis Hijos no te Metas) that fight against the legalization of abortion, sexual education, and sexually diverse, inclusive education.
Like every group striving for progress, Vivas Nos Queremos is facing push back, especially from conservative groups self-defined as pro-life represented by the Don’t Mess with my Children platform (Con mis Hijos no te Metas) that fight against the legalization of abortion, sexual education, and sexually diverse, inclusive education. Photo:teleSUR
Published 25 November 2018
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