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ARGENTINA | 04-06-2023 09:54

Argentina holds annual 'Ni Una Menos' march, just days after killing of young woman

Tens of thousands turn out for the annual Ni Una Menos anti-gender violence march, just days after a young woman was killed by a coworker who had harassed her.

Argentines turned out for the eighth annual march against persistent gender-based violence Saturday, only days after a young woman was killed by a coworker who had harassed her.

The now-iconic 'Ni una menos' (or "Not one less") march is also meant to call attention to economic inequalities suffered by women, which many consider a form of violence in itself for limiting women's ability to extract themselves from dangerous situations. 

According to police, 25-year-old Rocío González was shot seven times Thursday by an office colleague of the same age whom she had previously reported for harassment. 

A court had issued a precautionary measure after González filed two complaints against the coworker, most recently last month. In response, the employees' schedules were shifted so they wouldn't run into each other at work. 

Violence against women remains a major problem in Argentina, with over 250 women killed in femicides last year, according to the country's Supreme Court. In 88 percent of those crimes, victims knew their attacker, and in 59 percent of cases, the assailant was the woman's partner or ex-partner. 

"The numbers aren't dropping," warned NGO La Casa del Encuentro, one of the organisers of Saturday's demonstration, where participants urged government action and called for more visibility for victims like González. 

"The measures taken up until now have not been sufficient, and even though we see changes... the socio-cultural transformation that is needed to topple the patriarchy is coming very slowly, leaving hundreds of women and trans people murdered for their gender every year," the organisation said in a statement. 

The first 'Ni una menos' march came in 2015 when hundreds of people took to the streets after the killing of 14-year-old Chiara Páez, who was beaten to death by her 17-year-old boyfriend after refusing to abort a pregnancy. 

The case was the jumping-off point for Argentina's feminist movement, which has gained momentum in the wake of other highly publicised gender-based crimes. 

According to Casa del Encuentro, the country has seen more than 2,280 gender-based killings of women since that first protest.  

 

– TIMES/AFP

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