Hundreds of women participated in the eighth annual march held by the organization SlutWalk in the center of Jerusalem, condemning the continued threat of insecurity and the culture of rape in sectors of Israeli society.

Most of the demonstrators were teenagers and young adults. The demonstrators wore very little clothing to convey a clear and forceful message that every woman should be able to wear whatever she wanted without being sexually harassed.

The march began in Davidka Square and continued through Jaffa, King George, and Ben Yehuda streets before reaching a stage on Heleni HaMalka Street, where the organizers gave a series of speeches.

“The Sharmutot March” is the name of the event Hebrew. The Arabic word “sharmutah” is a common offensive and humiliating term used against women. One of the march organizers, head of the Kulan feminist association Bracha Barad, said: “The word ‘sharmutah’ is not just a word used to humiliate women, it is used by society and the establishment to justify rape.”

“There is no connection between gender and sexual violence and there is no connection between the victim’s appearance and the attack she has been through,” she added. “We demand justice and a radical change in the establishment.”

Several men who disapproved of the nature of the protest tried to interrupt the activists by throwing eggs and other objects at them while calling them “prostitutes,” according to the Ynet news site.

SlutWalk is an organization that fights against those who justify rape based on a woman’s attire or appearance. The first protest took place in Toronto, Canada, in April 2011, in response to an official’s statement that “women should avoid dressing like whores” in order not to be raped. Since then, marches have been held in cities around the world and have gained a massive following.