Event hosted by the Official Residence of the Argentine Embassy in Bucharest on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
On November 25 an event organized in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women took place at the Official Residence of the Argentine Embassy. It was attended by representatives of NGOs, civil society and academia. PhD. Sónia Dias Mendes, Director of the Instituto Camões in Bucharest and the Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission Carlos María Vallarino gave allusive speeches.
It should be remembered that, same day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is commemorated in memory of the sisters Patria, Minerva and María Teresa Mirabal, political activists from the Dominican Republic known as “Las Mariposas” (The Butterflies), who were brutally murdered in 1960 by the Rafael Trujillo regime.
Going back a little further in recent history, it was in 1993, that the United Nations General Assembly (AGNU) approved the Declaration 48/104 on the elimination of violence against women. Finally, in 1999, the AGNU set November 25 -through resolution 54/134- as a day of reflection and vindication.
Unfortunately, injustice and violence towards women was further exacerbated by the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just to mention some worrying figures, according to data compiled by UN Women, globally, 35% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence by their partner, while every day 137 women are killed by members of their own family or partner. In Argentina, according to the 2020 edition of the Femicide Report of the Argentine Justice of the Women Office of the National Supreme Court of Justice, 251 direct victims of femicide were identified between January 1 and December 31, 2020, while the number of telephone calls for assistance has increased fivefold in some countries as a result of the increase in rates of domestic violence. That is why in 2020, Argentina launched the National Action Plan against Gender-based Violence 2020-2022, which includes more than 100 actions in the short, medium and long term for the prevention, comprehensive assistance and protection of women and LGBTI that go through situations of gender violence. This Plan has more than 100 actions generated aimed at facilitating access to rights and providing tools for women and LGBTI to build projects that are free of violence.
In all this context, Argentina remains fully committed to the fight for the recognition and expansion of women’s rights, declaring itself against all inequality and discrimination that mainly affect women and diversities. Valuable commitments were made that aim to reaffirm local policies and strengthen the international agenda on sexual and reproductive rights. It is just the unifying point between the two countries, Romania and Argentina; namely, their effort for a more inclusive world, without violence, through their social policies and respect for international law, making from all of this issue a State policy.