Argentina: The streets were taken by #NiUnaMenos

 By Norma Loto

Buenos Aires, June (SEMlac). – The streets of Argentina were taken by
 #NiUnaMenos last June 3. The massively attended march included relatives and
 friends of murdered women and girls.

 Nine years have elapsed since the daughter of Gumersinda Giménez was killed
 by a gendarme.

 Judith (16) was at the time studying at La Banderita School in Buenos Aires.
 “I am now being trained as a social worker. That was what she was planning
 to become,” Giménez told SEMlac.

 “My son Eduardo, who has given me two beautiful grandchildren, always tells
 me that Judith is looking after us,” she added.

 The situation in the country seems to get steadily worse. The Adriana M.
 Zambrano Observatory recently announced that there have been 275 women
 murders, including 171 in their houses, in the last 12 months.

 Three 12-year-old girls have just been killed.

 The father of Carolina Aló, a young girl who was stabbed to death in 1996,
 participated in the demonstration to demand change.

 Also on hand were family and friends of Chiara Paez, a 14-year-old girl who
 was beaten to death by her boyfriend, and of Bárbara C. Toledo, who was 20,
 had a daughter of two, and was pregnant again when her partner smothered her
 in 2015.

 There were no speakers at the march this time, but the organizers developed
 a document that was widely circulated, highlighting the need to mainstream
 the gender approach into public policies, further train relevant officials,
 allocate adequate budgets, establish victim shelters, and adopt effective
 prevention and control measures.

 Emphasis was also made on fighting male-chauvinistic violence against
 heterosexual women, lesbians, gays, transvestites, and transgender people.

 Women murders

 The murders reported by the Observatory include a baby girl, 11 girls aged
 two to 12, 29 adolescents aged 13 to 18, and nine older women.

 A total of 66 were shot to death; 57 were stabbed; 40 were beaten to death;
 21 were strangled; and 20 were burned.

 Thirty-nine of these victims had submitted their cases to court.
 The provinces with the highest number of women murders include Buenos Aires
 (102), Santa Fe (23), Salta (21), Córdoba (20), City of Buenos Aires (13),
 Santiago del Estero (11), and Mendoza (10).

 Andrea Aramayo in #NiUnaMenos

 Solidarity was also expressed with migrant women in Argentina, including
 Claudia A. Aramayo, the daughter of Helen Álvarez, our colleague in
 Bolivia.

 Claudia was killed on August 19, 2015. Lilia Camacho, a Bolivian reporter in
 Argentina and a friend of Álvarez, decided to include Claudia’s name on
 #NiUnaMenos and take her case to court.

 She told me at the march that male-chauvinism knows no frontiers and that
 justice should be done not only in Bolivia, but also in the entire region.

 Helen’s feminist activism is now being developed at Mujeres Creando
(Creative Women) NGO.

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