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Video: Chilean women strip naked to protest violence against women
Activists stripped naked and held up flaming torches as they poured into the street of Santiago to protest violence against women. Protesters, many who had stayed off work for the event, chanted, sang and wore body paint to march through the Chilean capital on International Women's Day. One women held a noose around her neck to draw attention to violence against women and girls in the country.
Brave activists branded signs and lit candles to mark the occasion - with some even stripping off to protest sexual violence against women they believe is being carried out by the state. Femicide and violence against women is a growing problem across the country with research carried out in revealing that 50 per cent of married women had suffered spousal abuse and is now being challenged by the population. Despite Chile having the lowest rate of homicides in South America, women in the country are far more likely to suffer a gruesome and violent death - usually at the hands of their lovers, boyfriends or male family members. Many activists believe that a culture of shelving horrific domestic crimes against women as "personal issues," or "crimes of passion" is fuelling the issue.