Feminist groups hold protests in the city of El Alto on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this November 25. EFE / Martin Alipaz
El Alto (Bolivia), Nov 25 (EFE) .- Strength, energy, tears, anger, impotence and the clamorous cry for justice abounded in the mobilizations called this Thursday by feminist groups in Bolivian cities such as El Alto, where dozens of activists and relatives of victims of sexist violence made their voices heard.
6 de Marzo avenue, the main avenue in El Alto, was taken over by marches that, to the rhythm of batucadas, shouted “sir, ma’am, don’t be indifferent, women are killed in people’s faces.”
One of the marches went to the headquarters of the Alteño courts with banners that read “judges, prosecutors, policemen, the same crap”, “not one less” and “the girls do not touch each other.”
The mobilization protested above all against impunity in cases of sexist violence and the scant response from all levels of the State against this evil, activist Shade Mamani, from the Articulation of Women and Pluridiverse Feminists of El Alto and La Paz, explained to Efe. .
“We have called for this march that is independent of the State, churches, political parties and NGOs because we believe that the slogan of ‘not one less’ has to stop being used to mobilize people without any meaning,” said Mamani .
The activist recalled that the number of femicides in Bolivia is close to one hundred and regretted that a year the count will return to zero without the authorities taking concrete actions.
At the door of the courts, some women gave their testimonies, among them a girl who asked not to give her name and who told through tears that she was a victim of sexual abuse by her grandfather and father.
“The confidence with which a girl can grow up was totally destroyed and today I am here because I thought to move forward and to move forward I need justice, not only for myself but for all the girls who are silent out of fear, out of shame because they have threatened us”, the girl expressed.
Behind this march, other women from municipal and departmental entities and from the Ombudsman’s Office mobilized with messages calling for respect and an end to sexist violence.
IMPOTENCE IN THE FACE OF IMPUNITY
A third march traveled about two kilometers from the offices of the Special Force to Combat Violence (FELCV) to the Alteña Prosecutor’s Office.
The mobilization was led by the “Imillas skate”, a group of girls united by their love of skateboards and the clothes of the cholitas, Bolivian Aymara.
With them marched activists of all ages, men and women with banners with slogans such as “I do believe you”, “Femicide state”, black cardboard coffins and obituaries with the names of some victims of femicides that they later pasted on the doors of the prosecution.
The parents of Daniela, a 24-year-old girl who died at the beginning of the month in her boyfriend’s home in circumstances that so far have not been clarified, also marched.
Her partner assures that she found the young woman drowned in her bath tub and with the help of her relatives went to leave her dead at a hospital, but Daniela’s family does not believe this version due to the way they abandoned her and the time it took to notify them of the event.
When the march reached the Alteña Prosecutor’s Office, the young woman’s mother got on her knees and wept inconsolably, while the mobilized cried out “justice for Daniela.”
“The family is really devastated, my sense of life is ending. I am devastated, it is a very great pain, I only ask that justice be done because this has not been an accident, this is feminicide,” Hugo, the father told Efe of Daniela.
Bolivian President Luis Arce dedicated a couple of tweets to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, assuring that “women deserve to live in a society that guarantees them a life without fear or humiliation.”
“Much remains to be done but we will continue working to guarantee full respect for their rights and without impunity for their attackers,” he added.
The Ombudsman’s Office recalled in a statement the “alarming figures” that the “validity of patriarchy” has left in Bolivia this year, with 98 femicides, 32,741 cases of family or domestic violence, 113 cases of violence per day, 1,895 per rape, 1,765 for rape of minors and 54 cases for harassment and political violence.
“These data reflect the situation of the other pandemic, the one that daily violates and prevents women from fully developing their life projects,” said the Ombudsman and reminded the state authorities of their obligation to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee justice for women. victims and the eradication of violence.
Violence against women and girls is a serious violation of human rights. The right of women to live without violence is enshrined in international agreements. Worldwide, only 40% of women seek help after suffering violence, forcing institutions to promote prevention and aid policies.