BUENOS AIRES – Thousands of protesters gathered in Buenos Aires on Monday in the fourth national march to protest violence against women and urging the legalization of abortion in the country.
Protesters held placards that read “Not one less,” also the name of the march, as they marched through the historic May avenue and crossed the July 9 avenue to walk up to the Congress building.
“We have changed the outcry against misogynist violence into an intersectional protest that cuts across political parties, unions, student movements, houses, districts, schools. This slogan, which is the watchword against misogynist violence, has grown everywhere,” Marta Dillon, a member of the organizing group for the march, told EFE.
Three years after the first march, which had highlighted the high number of femicides in the country, all eyes are on the National Congress in a crucial week before the house decides the fate of the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy Law.
For months, the bill has been debated in the Congress every Tuesday, which have come to be known as “green Tuesdays,” and is set to be discussed in the Chamber of Deputies on June 13.
Slogans in favor of legal abortions rang out loud in Monday’s demonstrations, which have become one of the most significant national protests in the country, and are held simultaneously in a number of cities.
The Not One Less organization was formed 3 years ago and is gaining more and more support every day, according to Dillon.
The number of other organizations fighting for women’s rights and equality have also grown in the country.
At the march, Dillon and other members wore pink t-shirts and flowers in their hair and raised green handkerchiefs to signify their support for legal, safe and free abortions, which has become the leading demand of feminist organizations in Argentina this year.
“I think it (the protest) is growing bigger every year and we added another protest on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day. On that day there were 800,000 people on the streets and this march should be of a similar size. The feminist mobilization has increased massively,” said Dillon.
According to the Supreme Court of Argentina, 251 femicides took place in the country on 2017, while a new study of court cases during last year, published on Monday, added another 22 such murders to the number.
93 percent of the accused in the cases were males who were known to the victim, and almost 60 percent were their partners or ex-partners.
At least 202 minors were in charge of the victims when they were killed.
The Findemundo group enacted a play during the protest in which “red riding hoods” were shown to go to the jungle, where they meet the symbolic wolf, a perpetrator of gender-based violence.
“What we want to do is break the traditional roles which are imposed and taught to us since childhood. This act tries to overturn a traditional children’s tale and talk about the freedom which women deserve every day,” said Cara Fernandez, a member of the cultural group.