Women in Israel marched with coffins to protest violence against women.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Israel after two teen girls were murdered by men they knew. Women in Israel say their government needs to step up to better combat domestic violence, which affects approximately 40% of Israeli women, according to a new study.
At least 24 Israeli women have reportedly been killed in 2018 by someone they knew. Protesters carried signs with the names of women who died, stained posters with fake blood, and dyed shoes red to send a message that the Israeli government needs to do more to protect girls and women.
“We had to do something radical, to make sure that women in Israel show the government that we are not going to take this anymore,” protestor Ruti Klein explained to the press.
Last year, the Israeli government promised to use $67 million to combat domestic violence. But many say little has been done.
Following the protests, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the government to move forward with one bill that would track suspected or convicted abusers with GPS devices. Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO), the org that led the Tel Aviv protest, says the bill isn’t enough.