Argentine women marched Wednesday in mourning to protest against femicide in what’s been called the “Argentine Black Wednesday.” First, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., feminists went on a historic strike, the first of its kind in Argentina, abstaining from any activity.
In the days leading up to the strike, organizers had urged women to join them: “In your office, your school, your court, your editing, your business or factory in which you’re working, stop for an hour to put a stop to sexist violence, because we all want to live.”
The number of femicides in Argentina is increasing at a worrying rate: 19 cases in the last 18 days. That’s one every 23 hours. The most recent, that of 16-year-old Lucia Perez, has shaken public opinion, placing the issue of violence against women in the spotlight.
The girl was drugged, raped and stabbed to death in the tourist area of Mar del Plata. “Inhumane sexual aggression” is what the magistrate Isabel Sanchez called the case. Two men, ages 23 and 41, were arrested. On Wednesday, Perez’s brother wrote a moving public letter, and their mother joined the demonstration “because there is no other Lucie.”