In Argentina, a woman is killed every 34 hours from gender-based violence (GBV) crimes. GBV is one of the biggest and most frequent human rights violations in the country and is a significant factor in public health and safety. In response, almost 300,000 citizens joined the Ni Una Menos (Not One Less Woman) movement and participated in massive protests across the country. The protesters demanded concrete action to end GBV, protect reproductive rights, and promote gender equality, and putting gender-based violence on the public agenda.
During Argentina’s third OGP action plan process, government officials, civil society organizations, and citizens – particularly women’s groups – brought gender-specific demands to the National Women’s Institute that led to the participatory drafting of the Plan for Equal Opportunity and Rights. The Plan contains more than 350 actions aimed at preventing, monitoring, and evaluating violence against women and strengthening institutions to ensure women’s rights and safety, as well as ensuring financial autonomy and economic empowerment.
As part of their OGP action plan, the National Women’s Institute started a budgeting process that allows citizens to know how much is being spent on gender policies. Two policies included in the plan were passed by the government – one ensuring gender parity in the Argentinean congress and the other on encouraging government employees to have trainings on gender issues. As part of their next action plan, Argentina is committing to following the implementation of these two laws and provide public information about gender equality challenges and policies to address them.