#NotOneLess surpasses expectations as lawmakers, celebrities, public turn out in force
“Not One Less” (Ni Una Menos) read the signs carried by thousands of demonstrators yesterday in Buenos Aires City.
The slogan and its sentiment gathered more than 200,000 people outside the National Congress. Women were the dominant presence, but men were also in the crowd to condemn gender violence, amid a recent rise in the number of women killed.
Protesters demanded that action be taken by the three branches of state as government officials, opposition leaders, judges and prosecutors also took to the streets in an attempt to make it clear they shared the concerns.
“Femicide is the most extreme form of violence that crosses every social class, beliefs or ideas. But femicide is also a political concept: it’s the word that reveals the way in which a society sees something as natural when it isn’t: sexist violence,” the organizers yesterday read on a stage located in the Dos Congresos square outside Congress.
The square was packed almost an hour before 5pm, when the demonstration was scheduled to begin. The journalists who made the issue go mainstream were on the stage that was set up to outline the final details.
The longtime feminist activists were wearing their purple T-shirts and waving banners as they have always done to demand action be taken to stop homicides against women.
“In 2008, a woman was killed every 40 hours. In 2014, every 30. Over the past seven years, the media reported 1,808 femicides. How many women have been killed so far this year?” actor Juan Minujín wondered as he read the statement drafted by the organizers of the massive protest. “We don’t know but we really know is that we have to say ‘stop,’” he added.
The protest was replicated in more than 80 cities around the country as protesters took to the streets after it was revealed that 14-year-old adolescent Chiara Páez — who was also pregnant — was murdered by her boyfriend and buried in his house in the city of Rufino, Santa Fe province.