BUENOS AIRES – Thousands of men and women gathered in 80 cities across Argentina on Friday for a second annual mobilization against gender violence.
The main event in Buenos Aires began at 5 p.m. outside the doors of Congress.
The “Ni una menos” (Not One Woman Less) movement was founded in June 2015 by journalists, activists and cultural figures appalled by the high-profile murder of a teenage girl.
Most of Argentina’s major NGOs and civic groups rallied to the cause, along with many ordinary citizens with no history of social activism.
“I believe that beyond surpassing last year’s turnout, the important thing is the awareness that has been generated in society,” Ada Rico, head of the rights organization Casa del Encuentro, told EFE.
The movement’s “No. 1” demand is implementation of a national action plan to prevent violence against women, she said.
Also needed are laws to ensure that men convicted of killing their wives or partners lose parental authority over their children, as well as measures to support children whose mothers have been slain.
Over the past 12 months, a woman has been murdered every 32 hours on average in Argentina, according to figures compiled by a coalition of women’s rights groups.