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ARGENTINA | 05-06-2018 09:49

#NiUnaMenos: Thousands march in Argentina to end violence against women

The march comes just two weeks before a historic vote in the Lower House to decriminalise elective abortion.

Argentina’s fourth #NiUnaMenos march to end violence against women took place across the country on Monday.

The main protest march began in Plaza de Mayo at 6pm, drawing thousands of people — mainly women — to the footsteps of Congress to form a sea of green handkerchiefs.

Activists read a declaration before Nora Cortiñas, the Mother of Plaza de Mayo-Founding Line, delivered closing remarks.

A LONG WAY TO GO

Argentina’s womens rights movement has made significant ground in 2018 but women in the country continue suffering abuse and murder at shocking rates.

In the four years since the first #NiUnaMenos protest, 871 women have been murdered in Argentina, the MuMaLá womens rights organisation reported, 10 percent of whom had court protection measures in place to protect them.

Nearly 90 percent of all women murdered in the period were victims of a man from within their inner circle or acquaintances, MuMaLá reported, while only four percent of the murders were committed by unknown men.

“We have complained about the lack of public policy to guarantee the protection of women and ensure they receive integral support”, Raquel Vivanco, MuMaLá’s coordinator said.

The #NiUnaMenos march comes just two weeks before a historic vote in the Lower House to decriminalise elective abortion.

-TIMES

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