Earlier this week President Mauricio Macri presented a national programme to combat gender violence in Argentina.
The ‘National Action Plan for the Prevention, Support, and Erradication of Violence Against Women (2017-2019)‘ includes a series of detailed and concrete measures and actions to protest and support women at risk of – or suffering from – gender violence.
According to the National Women’s Council, the plan will allow better enforcement of existing laws against gender violence, and “start paying off a debt that thousands of women have been carrying all their lives.”
A ‘femicide’ occurs every 30 hours in Argentina, according to data presented in the plan, with more than 2,000 fatal victims of gender violence registered between 2008-2015. In the vast majority of cases, the perpetrator was a partner, relative, or acquaintance of the victim.
The 150-page plan is based on two fundamental pillars: prevention, via educational programmes to change cultural patterns that permit violence against women, and support, through more effective systems and networks.
The 206 specific measures and actions outlined in the plan include new laws against sexual harrassment or discrimination at work; new media regulations to reduce gender stereotyping; an improved support system for women who report suffering gender violence; and stricter monitoring of offenders, including injunctions and ankle bracelets. A new phone app will allow women to immediately request emergency help without having to make a phone call.
Presenting the programme, President Macri said that it: “begins with education, as we have to bury those cultural patterns that make violence towards women something natural, and that’s why we have to work with our children.”
Fabiana Tuñez, director of the National Women’s Council, said that the plan will ensure that existing laws “reach women’s real lives through difference programmes at a national level.”
“Who would have said that this plan, that we have requested for so long, would arrive,” added Tuñez. “And that I, after struggling so much with other women would be the one, alongside the ministers that took part in this, to announce it.”