Buenos Aires – The # NiUnaMenos (“Not One Less”) campaign against femicides and gender violence started last month as a grassroots protest against the epidemic of violent crimes committed to women and the lack of action by state authorities on solving the crimes and prosecuting the perpetrators.
Igniting popular support for this movement against femicides was last months murder of Chiara Paez (14), a pregnant teenager, that was found dead and buried in her 16-year-old boyfriend, Manuel Mansilla’s backyard in the city of Rufino (Santa Fe).
Though Chiara’s murder triggered a sense of social urgency, organizers have been discussing possible moves for months. In March, they held a meeting at the Museo del Libro y de la Lengua.
“The event was the result of a a social concern, but also of the historic struggle of feminists,” sociologist María Pía López said. Activist and writer Agustina Paz Frontera agreed: “We cannot say this movement is the result of a summons issued by a group of journalists on Twitter”
Fabiana Tuñez, a leader of La Casa del Encuentro, said: “This march is not against anyone. It is just to say that society is rising up to say no more gender violence.”
Organizers said they are seeking to have a pluralistic demonstration. Outside Congress, people began to gather between 2 and 5pm.
14 YEAR OLD GIRL BEATEN TO DEATH IN ARGENTINA
On Sunday, 14 year old Chiara Paéz was found savagely and brutally beaten to death and buried under her boyfriend’s home in Argentina. Chiara Paéz’s boyfriend Manuel struck Paéz over 14 times after finding out the that she was pregnant, completely disfiguring her. Manuel then allegedly requested the help from family members to hide her bludgeoned body.
Witnesses in the area reported screams from the home, while others also reported Manuel’s family members eating right next to the scene of the crime. Police arrested Manuel and 4 of his family members after he confessed to killing Paéz.
In Argentina, femicide, a sexual gender hate crime, remains gravely under reported in the country. Official national figures for the crime of femicide in Argentina do not exist. In 2014 data compiled by femicide researchers, nation newspapers, and media monitors reported 277 femicides within the country.
In 2009 the Argentinian government revised domestic violence legislation to further define domestic abuse, it was not broad enough and revisited again in 2012 when it revised its criminal code to add “femicide” as “aggravated homicide.” Although on paper the addition appeared to be a win for women’s rights, the truth is these laws are rarely enforced leaving Argentinian women and girls yet to truly be protected.
There has been an increasingly brutal trend of femicides with in the 13 – 18 year old age group over a 6 year period according to “Adriana Marisel Zambrano” Observatory on Femicides. 124 adolescent girls, an average of 21 a year, were killed between 2008 – 2013. The Observatory reported that these figures are probably far higher due to the number of cases where the victim’s age is not reported.
Argentina must actively take serious violence against women by enacting a national plan that protects the lives and rights of women and girls in the region. Argentina should implement national education that is driven by the government’s commitment to eradicate the ideology that has left violent actions towards women as being considered normal or acceptable.
Argentinian authorities play a crucial role in breaking the chain of violence against women and girls by how they react and treat each and every crimes that is committed. It is not enough to say Argentina disapproves of femicide or any violence against women and girls, serious action and follow through from authorities must accompany legislation designed to protect human life.
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