Latin America’s anti-femicide crusades need help

Women rose up against gender-based violence in 2015, but have struggled since the pandemic – the legislation they inspired needs enforcing, writes Natalia Gherardi.

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In 2015, news of the violent murder of young women by their partners in different parts of Argentina ignited the public. It felt like a war on women.

Marcela Ojeda, a radio journalist covering the events, tweeted in May that year: ‘Actresses, politicians, business women, social leaders … women in general … aren’t we going to do something? We are getting killed!’

A pre-existing network of women journalists responded rapidly. Large demonstrations in Buenos Aires on June 3, 2015, spread to towns and cities throughout the country. The movement became known as Ni Una Menos – ‘not one woman less’ – and shone a spotlight on femicide, highlighting that laws to protect women existed but were poorly implemented with no public accountability.

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