As the country is rocked by weeks of anti-government protests, thousands have taken to the streets to call out violence against women. As Chile enters its seventh week of unrest, which has paralysed much of the country, these women are speaking out against the sexual violence against them that is rife in the country. Like the thousands around her, she wears red lipstick and a red scarf around her neck to symbolise the sexual nature of the assaults. Sexual violence is widespread, with the Chilean Network against Violence towards Women recording 32 femicides this year , yet only about 8 per cent of rape cases in Chile end in a conviction. The song instantly resonated with women in Chile, amid numerous reports of police violence against woman protesters. Similar performances of the song have also taken place in London, Paris and Mexico City. What began as a student protest quickly erupted into widespread demonstrations and often violent unrest about decades of social and economic inequality. Chileans of all ages and classes have taken to the streets against the almost complete privatisation of public services including education, pensions, healthcare and water.
According to the World Health Organization, one in three women worldwide will endure physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, with the UN deeming that violence one of the "most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. While Amnesty International has objected and Human Rights Watch has proposed police reforms, the abuses continue. A Santiago psychologist reported arrested women have been stripped naked in front of men and touched in the genitals; many were penetrated by a rifle and told "they are going to be raped and then killed. This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
The red wave
Activists stripped naked and held up flaming torches as they poured into the street of Santiago to protest violence against women. One women held a noose around her neck to draw attention to violence against women and girls in the country. Some bared their chests and put black tape over and around their nipples while others painted floral patterns across their breasts. International Women's Day was marked on March 8th by people around the world to call for equality for women. Domestic violence is a prevalent problem in Chile where a study from the Chilean National Women's Service in found that a staggering 50 per cent of married women had suffered spousal abuse. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
Between a US-supported, quasi-coup in Bolivia and mass protests in Chile , it's a chaotic time in Latin American politics. So the timing of the already fraught Latin Grammy Awards — which spotlight musicians from the Spanish-speaking world — yielded some powerful fashion statements. Using their red carpet time wisely at last night's show in Vegas , many artists attempted to force viewers to give a shit with their clothing. The Mexican-Chilean musician joined the long, rich tradition of nude female protest, painting "En chile torturan violan y matan" "They're torturing, raping and killing in Chile" on her bare chest. Her message specifically calls out the brutal treatment of demonstrators by police in recent weeks.