Hundreds of thousands of people gather in Plaza de Congreso last June. Photo via posta.com

#NiUnaMenos (Not One Less), the movement dedicated to fighting gender inequality and especially violence against women, has launched a new campaign called #VolvemosAGritar (Let’s Shout Again) ahead of its second annual march that will take place across Argentina on June 3rd — a full year after 300,000 individuals marched onto Congress to cry out against spiking numbers of femicides in Argentina.

According to a report published on Ni Una Menos’ Facebook on Monday, in 2015 there were 286 femicides in Argentina but, more alarmingly, in the first 100 days of this year alone, there have been 66 more female victims. In the last two weeks alone, there have been 11 reported femicides in Argentina, including that of a 14-year-old girl in Ramos Mejías in the outskirts of the City of Buenos Aires. Last year, statistics provided by the non-governmental organization Casa del Encuentro suggested that a woman is still murdered every 30 hours in Argentina.

“No to blows that hurt. No to words that leave a mark.”

At a time when Argentina should be pushing forward to promote female equality, it took an enormous leap backwards at the end of last month when a young woman was sentenced to eight years in prison for having had a spontaneous abortion — or miscarriage — two years ago. Consequently, the 25-year-old was found guilty of homicide, as the Tucumán judiciary believes she induced the abortion, which is a criminal offense in Argentina.

The decision further brought to attention one of the central philosophies of Ni Una Menos: that a woman’s body is her own. “We are owners of our own bodies and of our own life paths. Owners of our own choices: what we want, who we want and how we want it…without legal abortion, there is no #NiUnaMenos,” said a statement released by the organization.

A plan introduced in 2009 called the Women’s Protection Law (Law 26.485), was meant to bring about the creation of a National Action Plan for the Prevention, Assistance and Eradication of Violence. This law was meant to define the guidelines for implementing the law on a national scale, however, a conclusive plan still does not exist.

Last November, small steps were taken to provide women with better legal support; there now exists a body of lawyers to “provide free legal and integral legal advice throughout the country to victims of gender violence in all its types.” This legal force is available to victims targeted “on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation in order to guarantee their access to justice in a timely and effective manner.”

Additionally, statistics on femicide are now available on the Supreme Court’s Women’s Office website, on the first National Registry of Femicides. Previously, these numbers were only made available by NGOs collecting their own data, however it is worth pointing out that whilst the official registry recorded 225 deaths in 2014, the NGO Casa del Encuentro claimed that the number was in fact 277.