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Nearly two weeks after the highly publicized murder of Rebecca Dykes, a candlelight vigil was held outside Beirut's National Museum Saturday to mourn all victims of male violence in Lebanon.While the sexual assault and murder of Dykes, a 30-year-old British woman, made international headlines, two other women and one girl were also victims of femicide in Lebanon within the same week. Above the museum steps, white roses garnered photos of Dykes, Syrian girl Nazira Tartousi, Lebanese woman Youmn Darwich, and Lebanese woman Fatima Abou Hasna.At the beginning of the vigil, one of the event's organizers read a statement in remembrance of the women. For feminist activists, a rare moment of national conversation about sexual violence demanded that more attention be paid to the "structural oppression" of women.Rita Chemaly, who travelled from Mount Lebanon's Kesrouan, pointed out a group of women who came from Akkar, the home district of three of last week's femicide victims.Another participant in the vigil, Sahar Chalak, echoed the call for better legislation to mitigate the violence.
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