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WOMEN BLACK OUT

Aurélie Paquet

“Women Black Out”, that’s the name given to the latest feminine protest against domestic violence, which started in France. On this Wednesday, 15th of April 2020, while the world is under Coronavirus lock down, women are encouraged to change their social media profile pictures to black. Black, the color of mourning for all the women who are victims of their husbands and companions, but also as a symbol of absence. What would happen in a world where women no longer existed?  This period is marked by quarantine, with women forced to stay at home, leading to an increase in domestic violence. This movement resonated strongly with the call of UN Secretary General, Antonio Guteress, in early April. He deplored that “for many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest: in their own homes and he noted that the “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” is linked to the pandemic. And you, do you think these social media movements could be a wake-up call? Would you participate?