“In our Churches, victims we believe you, rapists we see you”: a Christian procession at the #NousToutes demonstration

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For the third consecutive year, Christian processions participated in the #NousToutes demonstration in Lyon and Paris which took place on Saturday November 25. 

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in several countries on Saturday to mark the International Day Against Violence Against Women. 

In Paris and the big cities of France, they were thousands to respond to the call of the association #NousToutes, demonstrating to denounce femicide and demand additional resources from the government to fight this scourge. 

For three years, several Christian feminist associations such as Le Comité de la Jupe, Des femmes et un Dieu and Oh My Goddess!, have joined the demonstrators to form a Christian procession notably in Lyon and Paris. This Saturday, November 25, the members of these associations were once again united against violence against women. 

“Patriarchy is not my religion”, “In our Churches, victims we believe you, rapists we see you”, “Feminists and Catholics and angry”. Here are some of their slogans. On

“It was also an opportunity to testify that our faith is a source of hope and strength to build a more just world,” added the Catholic association.

On his site, #WeAll, one of the associations initiating the event, offers a count of feminicides per year. As of November 17, 2023, it records 121 feminicides in France. 

A “symbolic gesture” to raise awareness of this tragedy and break taboos

On the occasion of the International Day to Combat Violence Against Women, the association A place for them, created by Protestants, invited for its part the Churches “to make a symbolic gesture” to raise awareness among the general public about this issue which affects all social classes, all ages and all communities, even in our Churches.

It is about symbolizing, through a chair covered with a red fabric and sometimes a sign, the place of those who are no longer there.

"We cover a chair with a fabric to make visible the place that should have been occupied by this woman, this neighbor, this friend who is no longer there. Thus through this strong symbolic gesture, speech is freed; passers-by, all generations, all those who see the 'place for them' are made aware of this tragedy, encouraged to help the victims of this violence, the taboo is broken."

Camille Westphal Perrier

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