NGO La Casa del Encuentro has been constructing a register of femicides in Argentina since 2008. Historically, an average of one femicide has been committed every 30 hours.

And if that wasn’t already an appalling enough statistic, their latest report released this week has revealed that during October there was a femicide every 19 hours. This is the highest rate since the register was started in 2008.

In other words, 39 women were killed in October – the month that saw both Mother’s Day and the first national Women’s Strike, as well as marches that saw millions of women take to the streets, demanding an end to gender violence.

Ni Una Menos march October 19th, Buenos Aires. Photo via Rolling Stone

The report from the Observatory of Femicides “Marisel Zambrano” has calculated that between January 1st and October 31st this year, 294 people – mostly children – have been left without mothers due to crimes pertaining to gender violence.

The statistics have also shown that 16 of the murdered women (January to October) had previously reported domestic violence and that 12 had attained home exclusion or restraining orders against the perpetrator.

Ada Rico, who headed the report, has asked: “How does the justice system work? What happened to the reports? Why were the women not protected? We do not have the answer. We have femicides.”

"Not one girl more!" Photo via Notas
“Not one girl more!” Photo via Notas

Many people have suggested that the upsurge in femicides and other forms of gender violence might have come as a kind of consequence of the huge Ni Una Menos manifestations. However, Rico has explained that after the June 3rd mass demonstration, 13 femicides were registered “which was the lowest rate in 9 years.”

The social leader suggested, as a result, that it is not “cause and effect. It is evident that aggressors are not created because of manifestations, the aggressors have always existed and the cause is much deeper. Violence is not brought about through inspiration or contagion effect.”

She added:“Speaking about femicides is recognizing the structural inequalities that exist between men and women, it’s recognising extreme violence and rallying together to repudiate it. It’s demanding that they stop killing us.”

The statistical report prepared by the NGO is accompanied by a series of complaints and recommendations, including a statement declaring that an “Official Single Register of Cases of Gender Violence is essential, as a tool for monitoring and implementing more public protection policies.”