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Women Strike in Mexico, Take to Streets in Chile and Argentina to Demand Equality and an End to Violence

HeadlineMar 10, 2020

Marches continued across Latin America Monday — one day after International Women’s Day — to protest femicide and state repression, and demand equal rights and reproductive freedom. In Mexico, tens of thousands of women withdrew from public life as part of a nationwide strike dubbed “A Day Without Us.” Organizers are drawing attention to the fact that 10 women in Mexico are killed every day, often by their domestic partners.

Women across Chile staged mass rallies and took part in a work stoppage as part of the strike effort. Similar actions took place in Argentina, where demonstrators called out violence against women and voiced their support for recent efforts to legalize abortion. This is Andrea Conde, of the feminist organization Avanza.

Andrea Conde: “Again, women, lesbians and trans people go out to continue fighting for our rights, in a very special year in Argentina, in a year where the president has just announced that he will present a project for legal and safe abortion. So this year has that very strong significance. And we are, as always, overflowing the streets of all the cities of this country. And this women’s revolution does not only occur in Argentina, but it occurs everywhere in world, and that’s why it has the power it has.”

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