The macabre case of Lucía Pérez, a 16-year-old Argentinian girl who was drugged, raped, and killed in October, sparked worldwide repudiation of violence against women.
Marches from all around were organized under the slogan #NiUnaMenos (Not One More), to demand justice for this case, as well as all gender violence. According to the information provided by the National Registry of Femicides of the Supreme Court of Justice, in 2015 there were 235 women killed.
Chile was not left behind in these marches. In cases such as Nabila Rifo, a 29 year old mother who was severely beaten by her partner, and Florencia Aguirre, a 10 year old girl who was brutally murdered by her stepfather, among others, shocked the Chilean population. In Chile, nearly forty women are killed each year. In most cases, they are killed because of jealousy.
I attended this year’s march where thousands of people gathered in Plaza Italia to protest. I took portraits of the brave, amazing women and men who are fighting against gender violence and equal rights for Chilean women.
Men have to understand women don’t belong to them, they don’t own us. We are our own, and we have to respect, love and protect each other.
WE MATTER, I DO BELIEVE THE FUTURE IS FEMALE.