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Women across Latin America protest against a wave of femicide and gender-based violence

Women across Latin America protest against gender-based violence

The horrific rape and murder of a 16-year old girl in Argentina earlier this month inspired protests throughout Central and South America on Wednesday.

Dubbed “Black Wednesday” by its organizers, Wednesday’s strikes and protests held throughout Argentina had one overarching demand: “no more machista violence.” The women’s rights movement Ni Una Menos (Not One Less), which garnered global attention in 2015 for its focus on the pervasive issue of violence against women, employed the hashtags #NiUnaMenos and #MiercolesNegro to call on women around the world to get involved.  

Women in Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, El Salvador and Uruguay heard the call and joined in efforts to protest the pervasive issue of femicide and gender-based violence.

Latin America’s femicide problem — the intentional killing of a women — is as wide-ranging as it is startling. The region comprises nearly half of the world’s worst offenders, according to Small Arms Survey, a group that monitors violence around the world.

Argentina has taken steps in recent years to address the issue — in 2012 the country introduced a femicide provision which includes life sentences for offenders found guilty, and years earlier the government passed a law geared at tackling the country’s domestic violence problem.

Despite its government’s recent efforts, femicide and acts of violence against women remain deeply troubling realities in Argentina, where 286 women were murdered in gender-based crimes in 2015.

Protesters Protest about violence towards women, Mexico City, Mexico - 19 Oct 2016 People take part in a march to protest about violence against women and the murder of a 16-year-old girl in a coastal town of Argentina last week (Rex Features via AP Images)
Protesters Protest about violence towards women, Mexico City, Mexico - 19 Oct 2016 People take part in a march to protest about violence against women and the murder of a 16-year-old girl in a coastal town of Argentina last week (Rex Features via AP Images)(Rex Features via AP Images)

Women in Mexico City stopped traffic to protest femicide in solidarity with protests organized throughout Latin America. (Rex Features via AP Images)

 

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Women carrying torches during a march in Santiago to protest against femicide and gender violence. (Sipa USA via AP)

 

A woman looks from above hundreds of protesters with umbrellas during a massive demonstration against gender violence, at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Argentines marched across the country to condemn violence against women, the latest public outcry after the recent killing of a 16-year-old girl who was slain after she was drugged, raped and tortured. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
A woman looks from above hundreds of protesters with umbrellas during a massive demonstration against gender violence, at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Argentines marched across the country to condemn violence against women, the latest public outcry after the recent killing of a 16-year-old girl who was slain after she was drugged, raped and tortured. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

A woman looks from above hundreds of protesters with umbrellas during a massive demonstration against gender violence, at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

 

Women take part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil - where protesters held a one-hour 'women's strike'- on October 19, 2016, to protest against violence against women and in solidarity for the brutal killing of a 16-year-old girl in Mar del Plata The killing, in which the high school student was allegedly raped and impaled on a spike by drug dealers, is just the latest incident of horrific gender violence in Argentina, to protest brutality against women. (Photo by Cris Faga/NurPhoto) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Women take part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil - where protesters held a one-hour 'women's strike'- on October 19, 2016, to protest against violence against women and in solidarity for the brutal killing of a 16-year-old girl in Mar del Plata The killing, in which the high school student was allegedly raped and impaled on a spike by drug dealers, is just the latest incident of horrific gender violence in Argentina, to protest brutality against women. (Photo by Cris Faga/NurPhoto) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***

Women take part in femicide protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Credit: Sipa USA via AP)

A woman with her face painted protests against gender violence in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Women across Latin America participated in protests in response to the shocking rape and killing of a teenage girl on Oct. 8 in Argentina. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
A woman with her face painted protests against gender violence in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Women across Latin America participated in protests in response to the shocking rape and killing of a teenage girl on Oct. 8 in Argentina. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

A woman with her face painted protests against gender violence in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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