Brazil: Beach becomes symbol of protest against gender violence
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Brazil: Beach becomes symbol of protest against gender violence

More than 400 pairs of red and stained white panties covered the sand of Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach as part of a nationwide protest against gender-based violence. Late last month, images of a 16-year-old girl who was reportedly raped by more than 30 men in a Rio favela circulated widely on social media, galvanizing the debate about sexism and violence in Brazil. Brazilians in major cities across the country have taken to the streets en masse to protest the attack and condemn the culture of sexual violence in which it occurred.


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