We connected with our Argentinian Sisters this year and are honoured that Pilar and Angeles will be joining #FiLiA2018 to share their feminist activism with us.
They will be taking part in three sessions:
FEMINIST CAMPAIGNS (Saturday Evening)
ABORTION RIGHTS: LATIN AMERICA
With the exception of Uruguay, Cuba and the City of Mexico, abortion is a serious crime equivalent in some countries (El Salvador) to a homicide. This year the strongest campaign to legalise abortion took place in Argentina, with the message “sexual education, choice of contraception to avoid abortion, safe abortion to preserve our lives”. In spite of grassroots campaigns and professionals discussing the benefit of legalising abortion and in spite of the lower chamber approving the bill the higher chamber stopped the process. In spite of being illegal, higher and middle classes can afford expensive abortions performed by professionals in secret clinics. The poor had to put up with risky DIY procedures. This is a class issue in all Latin America. The energy of the Argentinian campaign produced a domino effect in most of the other countries of Latin America. The green handkerchief is now the symbol of our battle to own our body.
Latin American activists share the story