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In pictures: Top EU official joins campaign against sexist violence

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani draws a mark on his face

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Antonio Tajani paused a summit on Brexit to show support for a UN campaign

With thousands expected to join rallies against sexist violence around the world, in the middle of a major summit on Brexit there was a gesture of solidarity from a top EU official.

As he spoke on stage, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani smeared red make-up under his eye, an act intended to symbolise the domestic violence suffered by many women.

“Violence against women is unacceptable. I learned this from my mother and I’m teaching it to my children,” he later tweeted.

Mr Tajani was showing his support the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Marked each year on 25 November, the day is the start of 16-day campaign, calling on people and organisations to address violence.

According to the UN, it will affect more than a third of women globally during their lives.

The bulk of the support was on the streets, with rallies on Saturday and more to come on Sunday. Here are some of the best pictures.

A woman attends a rally against gender-based and sexual violence against women in Marseille, France, November 24, 2018.

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In France, around 50,000 people joined protests on Saturday, including this one in Marseille

A woman holds up a G-string during a march on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 24, 2018 in Marseille, southern France

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The high turnout was an answer to a citizen collective’s call for a “feminist tidal wave” of outrage against gender violence, organiser Caroline de Haas said

Protestors dressed in white carry placards as they take part in a demonstration in Lyon on November 24, 2018 marking the International Day for the Elimination of violence against Women

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Authorities said about 12,000 people joined this protest in the southern French city of Lyon

Hundreds of Ecuadorians march under the slogan "We want to live", a mobilization against gender violence for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, through the streets of Quito, Ecuador, 24 November 2018

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In South America, hundreds of Ecuadorian women came out under the banner “We want to live”

A woman with the female gender symbol on her cheek takes part in a march as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on November 24, 2018 in Rome

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Meanwhile, a woman in the Italian capital Rome was also making her voice heard

Activists lie down at the spot where activist Zak/Zackie was killed two month ago during a rally n Athens on November 24, 2018, marking the International day for elimination of violence against women

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These protesters in Athens, Greece, lay down at the spot where LGBT activist Zak Kostopoulos was killed in September

Footballers in Italy showed support at top-flight games

Frosinone's Francesco Zampano in action with Inter Milan's Radja Nainggolan

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Inter Milan’s Radja Nainggolan tacking Frosinone’s Francesco Zampano

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In pictures: Top EU official joins campaign against sexist violence

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