Activists in France are taking their protest against violence against women to the streets of Paris.
The collective, called Collages Feminicide Paris, wants to bring attention to an alarming number of women who have been murdered all over France by an act of domestic violence, such as a fit of rage by a jealous boyfriend, or in the hands of an ex-husband.
According to ABC News, there have been 104 of those cases in 2019.
The 28-year-old feminist activist Marguerite Stern, who organized the first action on social media on Aug. 30 said that the movement is already gaining momentum.
When she originally had the idea, Stern expected that a group of no more than 20 women who would want to mobilize and protest against “femicide” in France. Today, “we are more than 100 in Paris, and more than 200 in the whole France,” she told ABC News.
The group’s bold approach to highlighting the ongoing crisis involves getting together when night falls in the City of Lights, to walk around town and plaster the Parisian streets with reminders of the violence. They write messages about violence, as well as the name of the women who were killed.
“In the street, we are supposed to be discreet, quiet. We write big messages that are very visible and I think women are attracted by that as well, to take the street back,” she said. “Now we are receiving messages [from] families who are asking us to pay tribute to their own victims in their families."
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On Saturday the group went to the Louvre, where a group of about 20 women glued the names of some victims on the museum’s world-famous glass pyramid. They also assembled three powerful messages. One of them read “Dad killed mum.”
The operation was quickly interrupted by security, but not before some powerful photos were taken.
As the actions are shared on social media, the group’s popularity increases. From its small beginnings, where a small group walked around Parisian streets, the operation has already expanded to 30 French cities including Lyon and Bordeaux. It has also gone beyond French borders, crossing into Belgium and Switzerland.
The group has established a crowdfunding page to buy black paint, glue and paper to “continue to be effective and to make our anger heard.”
The funding initiative easily passed its original goal of $450 (400 euros). By Tuesday afternoon, nearly $3,100 had been collected.
“This movement is gaining momentum,” the page states. “Every day new women join it. They even want to develop it in other cities.”