Dozens March Through Tel Aviv Carrying Caskets to Protest Violence Against Women

In rally marking international day for the elimination of violence against women, welfare minister says discourse on violence against women must be veered away from pornography.

Dozens of people marched through Tel Aviv on Thursday morning carrying 15 caskets representing murdered women, marking the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

The protesters marched from the Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO) headquarters to the plaza in front of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art where a rally was held, holding signs that read slogans such as "We'll put an end to violence."

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The caskets represent the 18 women who have been murdered by their partners in 2010. The organizer of the event said that there were only 15 caskets representing the women because "they couldn't keep up" due to the recent wave of murders in the last few weeks. "This is a horrifying statistic and I hope that next year we will decrease the number of caskets," said Nurit Kaufman. "This is a horrifying social trend and unfortunately we know that women will continue to be murdered."

Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni spoke at the rally and said that "this day needs to be a day in which Israeli society will understand that there are words that we cannot use. We must erase the concepts of honor killing and murder on romantic grounds. There is no romance in death and there is no honor in murder."

Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog also spoke and urged that the discourse surrounding violence against women be turned away from pornography and veered toward the serious problems in Israeli society such as sexual harassment in the workplace, silencing of women in the home, and murder cases.