Massive March Against Gender Violence in Argentina

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano /The Dawns News /  June 3, 2016

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A year after the historical Argentine march known as “Not One Female Less” (which convened the Argentine people against femicides and gender violence and for women’s rights), thousands of people marched again all throughout the country. The demands addressed the issue of the lack of policies for women by the current government (which shut down several state programs) but also against femicides and travesticides and for legal, safe and free abortion policies, among others. Since the 2015 mobilization, 275 women were killed in femicides. There is still much to be done.

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The march tries to shed light on patriarchal and “machista” violence (which, in their most extreme versions, translates into femicides) and on the lack of appropriate policies. Photos, flags, placards and victims’ faces were shown by the protesters.

The  crowd was  also accompanied by social, political and human rights organizations. The slogans on the banners denounce beatings, abuse, femicide, travesticide and trafficking networks, with a message that echoes the one of Mexican feminists: “We want to live” (Vivas nos queremos).

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During the  first 100 days of 2016, 66 women were victims of femicide. This adds to the 300 lives that are lost per year due to clandestine abortions and the hundreds of young girls who are kidnapped by human trafficking networks.

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The National Women’s Council is responsible for the implementation of the Law on Integral Protection to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate violence against women. However, the budget allocated by the government macrista to  this organism is only 0.0055% of the total national budget —an amount of 4.50 Argentine pesos (0.32 US dollars) per woman. This number is similar to the amount granted by the Kirchner’s government but the inflation of currency and the rise in the cost of living mean that the value of this amount has decreased.

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Many of the things demanded last year have not been met. The government even shut down several shelters for victims of domestic violence, which is coherent with their national policy of adjustments, and they have been dismantled public health programs destined to reproductive health.

The mobilizations were held all around the country, in cities like La Plata, Catamarca and Entre Ríos.

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