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France to try and end violence against women






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France has started a new project to try and end violence against women. The project's aim is to educate the public and children about sexism and violence against women. It also aims for more police support for victims of domestic violence. France's president spoke about the project on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. He said he wants to educate children about pornography. A second goal is to make it easier for rape victims to go to the police. Another plan is to have stronger laws against harassing people in the street.

The president made reducing violence against women one of his government's promises. During his speech, there was a minute's silence for the 123 women killed by their husband or ex-husband in 2016. One woman is killed in France every three days. The president said: "France should no longer be one of those countries where women live in fear." He added that criminals who harass, insult, touch, or attack women should be brought to justice. A growing number of famous men in Hollywood, business, politics and the media face charges of sexual assault.

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