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Thousands of people march through Brussels to protest against violence towards women

Red shoe tribute to victims

More than 10,000 people joined a demonstration against violence towards women in central Brussels on Sunday afternoon – double last year’s turnout.

The march was organised for a third consecutive year by Mirabal, a platform bringing together about 100 women’s rights organisations, and came a day after similar large protests in Paris and Rome. It set off from Central Station, where pairs of red shoes were placed on the ground, each representing one of the 99 women who have been the victims of femicide in Belgium since 2017. The names of 21 women killed in Belgium so far this year “because they are women” were read out at the beginning of the march, followed by a moment of silence and then a “cry of anger”.

On Saturday, Flemish justice minister Zuhal Demir announced the region’s government would release an additional budget of €6 million a year to support victims of sexual violence. The money will be used to improve the legal accompaniment of victims and provide better follow-up treatment for offenders.

Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga