Ni Una Menos continued to operate in the streets of Argentina, more places in the Latin America country are starting to protest. It seems that people are starting to notice the violence against women and why it is important based on the stories and cases of violence toward women that were mentioned in the protests.

“The protest was prompted by the abduction of Lucía Pérez, a schoolgirl who was drugged, raped and tortured… in the coastal city of Mar del Plata.”-Uki Goñi.

Because of cases like Lucia Pérez’s, individuals all around Latin America are being informed about the Ni Una Menos protest objective. The Latin America society want others to understand that violence toward women does not have to be accepted in the community and that people can come together to do something about it.

“It seems Latin American women – and some men – have finally decided the old order must change, for the sake of young girls like Lucia Pérez.”-Sarah Gordon.

By creating a group where individuals stand up against the violence against women and create solidarity in their community, Ni Una Menos has reached out not only to individuals that support the protest, but also to the families of the victims that endured violence.

More than 1,800 women between 2008 and 2014 experience violence in domestic disputes with their husbands or ex-partners. Men in Latin America oppress lesbian women and the women are raped as a way of “correcting” their sexual orientation. Women who are recruited from sex trafficking organizations also fall victims to the violence in Latin America. So machismo is an issue that the women and men that participate in Ni Una Menos are addressing to the community.

They see machismo as a concept of dominance and as being normalized in society. Ni Una Menos protests want to emphasize that violence toward women caused by machismo is not normal and it affects women in a way that makes them lose their confidence. Ni Una Menos is trying to aid women in regaining the confidence to oppose the violence toward women and to be informed of resources that women can utilize to prevent from being victims of femicide.

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Photo provided by: Karina P.-UC Berkeley

Sources:

Adamovsky, Ezequiel. “Ni Una Menos: Feminism and Politics in Argentina,” Opinion. 6 July. 2015: 1. Print.

Goñi, Uki. “Argentina’s Women Joined Across South America in Marches Against Violence.” The Guardian. 19 Oct. 2016: 1. Print.

Gordon, Sarah. “NiUnaMenos: How the brutal gang rape of a school girl united the Furious women of Latin America.” The Telegraph. 21 Oct. 2016: 1. Print.

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