Rosario once again had a massive march against gender violence

The four corners of Plaza San Martín were once again full of female militants, in this stage of returns and reunions due to the favorable epidemiological situation. The feminist calendar has scheduled years ago one of the most relevant dates for the movement of women, lesbians, transvestites, trans and non-binary people: November 25, International Day of Non-Violence against Women. Rosario echoed this date declared by the United Nations Organization -UN- in 1999.

Once again, the downtown landscape was flooded with drummers, megaphones, flags, cardboard and cardboard posters, strollers, colored hair, glitter and paint on the cheeks of the youngest girls. This Thursday afternoon, hundreds of people, especially women, among adolescents and adults, gathered in the Plaza San Martín: the long columns of political parties, social movements, collectives, organizations and institutions that adhere to the slogans that point to a life free of violence. Between Dorrego, Santa Fe, Córdoba and Moreno the different spaces were divided that began their march minutes before six in the afternoon. Through San Lorenzo street, they headed to the Parque a la Bandera, on the banks of the Paraná River and in front of the National Monument to the Flag, where a ready stage was waiting for them to host the event and the presentation of musical artists.

From Municipal Transit they estimated at least eleven blocks of march. The organization counted about fifteen. A purple and rectangular poster that named the date 25N led the march and gathered militants from different spaces who supported it. The first grouping located in the columns was the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion. There, the reference Viviana Della Siega shared a few words with El Ciudadano where she highlighted the happiness that the reunion in these marches produces and leaving behind, if the vaccination continues to advance, the worst of the pandemic.

“Mobilization is one of the main tools of struggle that women have,” she synthesized, that is why she underlined the importance of retaking the streets. He considered that the number of femicides in the country continues to be very high, 231 so far in 2021. “We have to change a justice that continues to be patriarchal with a gender-biased view, which many times does not understand the realities of what it happens and re-victimizes women. We have to fight hard to get women out of the circuit of violence: they need economic autonomy and that gives them a stable job, a home, health protection ”.

It is the first 25N that leaves with the law of Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy approved by the national Congress, for which Della Siega considered two fundamental aspects to take as a reference for the next struggles: persistence and organization. “The campaign has been characterized by being a federal, intersectional organization, where all eyes and political belongings were, because we were very clear about the objective. We worked despite what could be differences. That is an almost unprecedented form of organization. Federal, respectful of the territories ”, he opined.

On the other hand, he stressed that the national Ministry of Education is doing an enormous job so that the Comprehensive Sexual Education law -ESI- is effectively applied in all provinces.

Another of the militants who was at the head of the mobilization is Michelle Vargas, a member of the Transvestite Community. The last weekend of October the Pride march was held in Rosario, where they lived for the first time after many months of virtuality in the streets. He highlighted the desire to “celebrate, claim and fight.”

Vargas recalled that during 2020 the community did not stop being the military and built containment networks to support women and transvestites who saw their living conditions abruptly worsen. “It was the result of years of militancy,” he synthesized.

“Particularly for the transvestite population, the pandemic was obviously a slap in the face because historically we are a sector that has violated rights, so what the pandemic did was increase this vulnerability,” she said and listed the problems they experienced: the lack of provision of food and assistance health and evictions.

He also recalled that in Argentina by 2021 the life expectancy of the transvestite community does not exceed 40 years: “Today we are asking the State to provide historical reparation for the comrades who were persecuted after the military dictatorship, who were persecuted in a democracy. We need recognition from the State to begin to repair all the years of humiliation that trans transvestite groups have had ”.

The posters carried by the women in the columns reproduced from militant slogans around the axes of rejection of street harassment and the demand for the declaration of national emergency in gender violence, to accusations of rape or abuse of men with first and last names or the request resignation of political officials such as Oscar Manzur, current Chief of Staff. However, each column carried its own slogans and printed its own interpretation of the emergencies to be attended.

The Gender Secretariats of the two most important soccer clubs, Newell’s Old Boys and Rosario Central, were also present in Rosario.

The secretary in charge of NOB, María Fernanda Maidana, told this medium that it is the first time they have marched since she took office on September 20. “We are participating because we believe in the importance of taking to the streets in the fight against violence. Clubs are a very complicated area, very macho. So we have a hard work to carry out but we are a group of people who come together for a goal and we believe that when you go towards that goal it is possible ”.

For her part, Fabiola, a member of the Central Commission, said: “One of the most beautiful things of today is that they can find us united, with all the other organizations that participate and in the streets to give us strength and empower ourselves in what is the fight day by day. The specific theme of this month of November, which is violence against women, we see that it is intensifying, that the national emergency does not come out. We participate from a club that is a very important institution and we always say: the Central flags summon and that way make many girls identify themselves and can come and also see the premise that we have in the club, from the secretariat, which is a club free from violence and discrimination ”.

Finally, in the Parque a la Bandera, at dusk the proclamation of the Feminist Assembly of Rosario was read.
It began in this way: “We remember the deed of the Mirabal Sisters, fighting and organizing a feminist movement that continues to transform everything. The context we go through as a people is critical. Today women, diversities and dissidents lead the numbers of poverty in Argentina, unemployment, indigence. We know that care tasks continue to fall on our bodies, that these years of pandemic were hard, not only because the health crisis was linked to a deep economic crisis, but because once again we say: the house is not a safe place for everyone ”.

They highlighted that the feminist movement of Argentina and its militancy in the streets conquered thousands of young people who joined its ranks and that with that power they achieved the conquest of the Safe and Free Abortion Law in December 2020. They spoke of action and disputes of meaning against the most conservative sectors of society that continue to push against its application, as well as the ESI. “Enough of symbolic, media, political, physical, sexual, psychological, labor, economic violence, at home and in the streets, at work, in unions and unions, obstetric and institutional,” they listed.

Photos: Franco Found

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