Washington : Hundreds of women, and some men, marched on Sunday through numerous cities in the US to show their breasts, demanding gender equality and to protest against the “commercialisation and the double standards” which affects their lives and jobs.

In its eleventh edition, the mobilisation known as International Go Topless Day held 20 marches across the US, to which must be added another 40 in cities in Germany, Canada, Chile, Colombia and France.

In New York, the first state in the US to pass a law allowing breastfeeding in public, and in other cities women were also joined by a group of topless men, Efe reported.

Some 1,000 people, many of them with their families and children, marched with their breasts covered or uncovered down the pedestrian mall that runs through downtown Denver.

“This is a way to show that men and women can go topless in the streets and still set respectful and healthy boundaries,” one participant in the Denver march said, providing only her first name, Sandra.

“This is a way to promote gender equality and a reminder that nudity and sex are not the same,” she said, adding “to appreciate the female body does not mean to stop respecting women, because #NoMeansNo.” Some of the demonstrators carried posters with phrases like “Free the nipple”.

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