Argentina: Women unite against austerity and attacks on IWD

March 15, 2024
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International Women's Day protest in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires. Photo: Gabi Barraza/Comuna Audiovisual

In Argentina, hundreds of thousands of women, LGBTI+ community members and their allies took to the streets of Buenos Aires on March 8, filling the streets of the capital and marching to the Plaza de Congreso, reports Peoples Dispatch.

Far-right President Javier Milei has declared war on all sectors of Argentine society, including women. Deputies within Milei’s Liberty Advances coalition announced in February a bill to overturn legalised abortion, which was achieved in 2020.

Following the general strike in January, the General Confederation of Labor, the Argentine Workers’ Central Union, and the Argentine Workers’ Central Union (Autonomous) joined the protests on March 8.

The mobilisation came just weeks after Milei’s administration unilaterally announced on February 22 it was shutting down the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism (INADI), formed in 1995.

[Abridged from Peoples Dispatch.]

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