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
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.
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
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.