Women marched on March 8th around the world. They marched to make their demands public, to ask for the decriminalization of abortion, to press for an end to gender violence. In Nicaragua, instead, women were not only unable to demonstrate in the streets, but the few who tried to pay a tribute to commemorate International Women’s Day were repressed and besieged by the Police.
We will show you the best images of feminist marches in Latin America and we also tell you about the siege of Nicaraguan feminist women’s groups.
Managua, a city besieged
On Monday, March 9, women university students had to march inside the grounds of the Central American University (UCA). The women university students held posters alluding to the feminist struggle and placed purple scarves on the statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
Costa Rica, Nicaraguan women marched
Uruguayan capital full of women
“Death to Patriarchy;” “We are not alone” or “I did not come out of your ribs, you came out of my womb,” were some of the slogans that could be read in the thousands of banners that women held high.
Santiago, overwhelmed with feminist march
Then on March 9, the feminist movement returned to take the streets under a suffocating sun that did not prevent a tide of women marching and wielding their posters with feminist slogans. That is how women reached the headquarters of Government, the “Palacio de la Moneda,” covering the largest avenue in Santiago, Chile.
“Today we rise again in a general feminist strike because the movement takes a step forward in this process of popular revolt and we want to say that today our lives are a political problem,” said the spokesperson of the March 8 Feminist Coordinator, Javiera Manzi.
The march, which was carried out mostly peacefully, was lived with expectation because there was not permission of the Metropolitan Intendancy, for fear of being repressed by the Police.
Women in Spain took to the streets
Despite the fear of contagion by COVID-19, the Spanish health authorities maintained the celebration of the mobilizations, which, although very multitudinous, gathered fewer people than last year.
The Government Delegation in Madrid estimated at 12,000 people the attendees, while in Barcelona 50,000 people participated, amounts below the 2019 convocations.
Although a feminist strike has not been called this year, there were calls for mobilization, in the midst of social and political debate about the sexual freedom law and the debates in feminism about prostitution and its own political subjects.
Bolivia will invest in protection of women
The interim government of Bolivia announced on Monday, March 9, the implementation of a plan to protect women victims of violence with an investment of 100 million dollars, financed by the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).
The Bolivia Women Program was presented by the interim president, Jeanine Anez, at an event at the Government Palace in La Paz on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Ecuador joins the March 8 demonstrations
Slogans in favor of abortion, gender equality in the workplace and against femicide, “the worst scourge of modern society,” shone on some of the banners that flooded the demonstration.
“The oppressive state is a macho rapist,” was also chanted with strength by groups of Ecuadorian women taking on as theirs the iconic feminist presentation of Chilean activists “The rapist is you.”
Mexico: women take the streets
Mexico recorded more than 1,000 femicides—killing of women because of their gender—during 2019, according to official data. In general, in the country 10 women were killed daily, a figure that increases year by year.
On a historic day, many Mexican women also did not go to work on Monday to join the first national women’s strike against femicides that had a great following in government offices, universities and big multinationals, but very little by storekeepers.
Brazil also marches on Women’s Day
A day after International Women’s Day, in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), they took the streets to demonstrate against machismo violence, in defense of their rights and in favor of gender equality.
Peru with a strong feminist movement
The outrage at the wave of femicides in Latin America, where it is estimated that more than 3,800 women are killed every year for gender reasons, also took women back to the streets on March 8. In this way, Peru has strengthened a feminist movement that has, as never before, set the social and political agenda of the region.
Paraguay: “They are killing us”
“Excuse the inconvenience, but they are killing us,” read one of the banners that accompanied a massive march through Asuncion on Sunday. This was an outcry against machismo violence and against labor discrimination suffered by female Paraguayans.
Women of all ages, mostly young people, concentrated in “Plaza de la Democracia” (Democracy Plaza), in the Asuncion microcenter, to take part in the demonstration, in which justice was requested for women killed this year by their partners or former partners.
Colombia joins the protests
On March 9, in Guatemala, women marched to remember the 56 girls victims of the fire of the “Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asuncion” (Virgin of the Assumption Safe Home) on March 8, 2017.
With a march through the Historic Center of Guatemala City, the women sang slogans against the State that is accused for the death of the girls, against sexist violence and against the church.