Based on the number of femicides that had been happening in Argentina during 2014, a group of communicators organized a reading on the Plaza de la Biblioteca Nacional on March 26, 2015. There they read the poems of the Mexican juarense and activist, Susana Chavez Castillo, who was the first voice to speak about the deaths that occurred in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. This poet said: "Not one more dead, not one less." Her activism was worth her life and during 2011 three young people killed her.

From that reading in Buenos Aires, the name "Ni una menos" arose and it was the beginning to think that something had to be done to make visible the gender violence that grew in Argentina every day.

Then, in May of that same year, Argentina was in veil for the disappearance of Chiara Páez. A girl of just 14 who lived in the Province of Santa Fe, in the north of the country. Chiara was the Manuel’s girlfriend, a boy almost the same age as her. One afternoon in his house, a fight broke out, it is not known whether because of her early pregnancy or what else. That discussion ended Chiara's life because of the blows her boyfriend gave her. Her family looked for her desperately, as well as her city, her friends and the whole country. Until they found her shattered and buried in the garden of the house of her boyfriend's family.

It was not the only femicide that occurred and that occurs in Argentina with these characteristics, neither in the whole world: women live all the time enduring different types of violence that since childhood have it incorporated as part of their blood and as part of the history of our lives. However, it was the femicide of Chiara Páez in Argentina, which prompted those communicators, who had already gathered in different spaces to think about how to make visible the agony of enduring the deaths of thousands of women. They resolved through social networks, calling a strike with the slogan #NiUnaMenos. The peaceful convocation was called for June,3 of that same year and it was replicated in all the provinces of the country.

In the City of Buenos Aires, the mass was in the square that is in front of the National Congress. There, a stage was set up where they invited other victims who suffered gender violence and relatives they no longer had, neither their daughter, nor their wife, nor their mother. That first June, 3, 2015, it was requested, among other things, to accomplish the 26.485 law of comprehensive protection for women, in order to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women in the areas in which their interpersonal relationships develop. They also made a formal request to the national government to collect and publish official statistics that The National Council of women did not put it in motion before that day. The orders were read by communicators, feminist activists and workers of the national culture in front of a square  overflowed with women, girls, adolescents and some men. The call was a success throughout the country and gained worldwide visibility.

After the march, it was achieved, as an immediate measure, that the Supreme Court of Justice made the national registry of femicides of the Argentine justice (that actually are not updated statistics, only 2016’s statistics) and the creation of the Body of Gender Violence’s lawyers was also sanctioned (Law n ° 27.210).

The global feminist strike - an action that emerged from Argentina in 2017 - and the marches that are organized in assemblies, horizontally and without measuring social classes, is replicated in many parts of the world. Independently against governments that in different countries  are absent in front of the deaths of millions of women. More and more women in the world are asking for their rights and for disarming a patriarchal systems where there is a spread of femicide, gender violence and the different micro machismo permeates many women’s home.

As long as this labyrinth of underestimation towards women, girls and adolescents is not disarmed, we will never be able to speak about a fair and respectful global system. From an organization based on listening among women, no violence neighborhood assemblies, women are demonstrating to the whole world what this social and political movement is worth and what the rights of all women in the world are worth.

Femicides do not discriminate, neither social classes, nor countries, nor cities.


Irupè Tentorio

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Ni una menos
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The movement

Text by
Irupe' Tentorio