In prior years, the focus was a march against against gender-based violence. This year the march was focused on legalisation of abortion, amid the growing movement in the South American country.
The colour green was prevalent in the rally, which represents the abortion fight. Many of the demonstrators also carried purple strands of cloth used to symbolize the colour of bruises left on the bodies of woman who have suffered attacks, be it beatings, rape, or murder, organizers said.
Like most countries in Latin America, Argentina currently allows legalized abortion only in specific cases, including rape and risk to the mother’s life.
Rights groups have criticized a requirement for a judge’s permission, which often results in lengthy delays or denial of the procedure.
“We also want the fear to end that we fear every day we can be raped, or that any moment we can never again return to our homes, and it also seems to me very important to be present for everyone, or all the women who will never go back to their homes, or who were raped, and they are not the same women they were because they were raped,” 18-year old law student Valentina Dianelli said.
Argentine actress Maria Ines Casamayor added, “Femininity ought to be reconstructed, ought to be torn from the stereotype, and really converted into what we are, we women who struggle, women who, all of us together, are going to succeed with what we want.”