SANTIAGO – Thousands of people took part in Chile’s capital in a new women’s rights demonstration organized by the #NiUnaMenos (Not One Less) movement.
Friday night’s march along Santiago’s Alameda Avenue to Los Heroes square, near the presidential palace, was held after several weeks of denunciations of rapes, sexual abuse and workplace harassment and at a time when classes at around a dozen universities nationwide have effectively been shut down by female-led protests.
The protesters at those institutions of higher education are demanding an end to sexual harassment, machismo (male chauvinism) and sexist education in classrooms following revelations of abuse involving male professors.
The University of Chile’s Sexuality and Gender Secretariat in 2017 documented more than 20 complaints of harassment, abuse and violence toward women by female students, academics and employees.
But the secretariat says many incidents go unreported.
In recent days, several actresses have accused a well-known Chilean telenovela director, Herval Abreu, of sexual abuse during casting sessions at his apartment.
The case against Abreu, who denies the allegations, is now before the courts.
A total of 43 women were killed in incidents of domestic violence in 2017, nine more than in the previous year, according to the Women and Gender Equality Ministry.
The slogan #NiUnaMenos refers to the goal of preventing more women from being killed in incidents of gender-related violence.