Women will protest in the main capitals of the region against femicides, inequality and for the right to abortion.
Thousands of women perform the performance A rapist on your way in Mexico. | Photo: EFE
Millions of women are expected to hit the streets across Latin America on Sunday to mark International Women’s Strike, against a backdrop of wider social unrest in the region.
The streets will be painted green and purple, and the shouts of “Latin America will be all feminist!” will be echoed in the main capitals of the region.
The demonstrations are marked this time by growing discontent and the demand to the Latin American governments to improve the living conditions of women, who represent half of the population.
This year’s event coincides with attempts to pass laws to penalize femicide, legalize abortion, and give women an equal voice in drafting a new constitution.
On Monday, women around the region are planning to stay home from work, school, and university to illustrate what public life would look like without them.
In Chile, some have called for men to be blocked from the planned marches. The demonstrations are expected to be bolstered nonetheless by participants in broader protests against social inequality that began in October and at their peak included more than one million people.
A particular focus this year will be justice for women hurt during those protests. According to Chile’s Institute for Human Rights, 439 women were injured. It has laid six complaints against police for sexual assault.
This week, Chilean senators approved a bill aimed at giving women equal representation in drawing up a potential new constitution and Chile’s centre-right President Sebastian Pinera signed a law strengthening punishment for femicide.
Javiera Arce, a political scientist at the University of Valparaiso, estimated there could be double the number of participants from last year’s march in Santiago, which she put at 500,000. “I don’t know a single woman not going,” she said.
Colombian women are expected to mark the day with events hosted around Bogota by the office of new – and first female – mayor Claudia Lopez.
Protests are likely to focus on a Constitutional Court ruling earlier this week, which upheld limits on abortion to cases of sexual assault, fetal deformity or maternal health risks.
In Mexico, there are plans for multiple marches and strikes in protest over what many perceive to be the authorities’ inadequate response to a doubling of femicide cases compared to five years ago.
In recent weeks, these include the kidnapping and murder of a seven-year-old girl and the gruesome murder of a 25-year-old woman.
Argentinian women will hold a general strike on Monday. The new leftist government of President Alberto Fernandez has announced plans to create a minister for women and support a fresh effort to legalize abortion after previous attempts were defeated in Congress.
Feminist manifestations in Latin America have grown a lot. They have multiplied and expanded across all countries in the region. The mobilizations have had greater assistance and have been marked by their diversity, plurality and creativity.
Subscribe to RiseUpTimes.org
Support independent media. Please donate today. Thank you!
Chile Senate Approves Gender Parity For Constitutional Process
Mexico: 90 Percent of Abducted Women Suffered Sexual Violence
Bolivia’s Coup-Born Regime Suspends Benefits for Pregnant Women
Honduran Women Murdered by Their Partners at Alarming Rates
55% of US Voting-Age Women Prefer Socialism
Violence against indigenous women in Mexico increases everyday, while discrimination based on gender, ethnicity and economic status has gone often unpunished.
150,000-Plus Students March Against Violence in Central Mexico
Statistics reflect the potential danger of being a woman in Mexico, something that gets worse when women belong to an Indigenous community.
Violence against Indigenous women has increased on a daily basis, while discrimination based on gender, ethnicity and economic status has gone often unpunished.
Truth is not fake news. Justice is not fake news. We don’t have to tell you what dangerous times we face.
We need your help to bring you timely articles and information about so many important current issues in these Rise Up Times. Please donate today and share articles widely.
The contents of Rise Up Times do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor. Articles are chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Rise Up Times republishes articles from a number of other mostly independent news sources as well as original articles and stories.