SANTIAGO - Thousands of Chileans protested in the streets of Santiago to demand the empowerment of women, decriminalization of abortion and the end of femicide in the country, after this year's number of women killed by their partners grew to seven on Mar. 8.
With dances and banners, some 20,000 participants from different feminist and human rights organizations called for promoting a more equal society, with greater participation of women both in the workplace and in politics.
The goal of the march was to claim the full equality of women's rights, a goal that, according to organizers, "is still far from reality in Chile".
The demonstration came after authorities and representatives of human rights organizations officially celebrated the International Women's Day.
In the morning, the president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, led a ceremony at La Moneda Palace in which she paid tribute to the victims of femicide in Chile, especially the seven women killed by their partners this year.
"Enough, women are neither an object nor the property of anyone; we can not trivialize this brutality. This brutality has to be removed from our national conscience and we should act even more vigorously," Bachelet said.