Women’s Rights Argentina

By: Paige Johnsen

President of Argentina, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, won the 2007 election against Elisa Carrio.

“The feminist movement in Argentina was, and still is, truly a “grass.roots” movement, an on-going series of efforts made by individuals and (usually small) groups of women to improve the lives of Argentine women in some way” (1).

Argentinean social activist, Azucena Villaflor de Vicenti, advocated The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.  Villaflor led the human rights establishment, during Argentina’s Dirty War, by searching for victims of disappearance.  The Dirty War, 1976 to 1983, was led by three-term President Juan Domingo Peron, under his dictatorship of The National Reorganization Process.

Villaflor and the Mothers published their missing children’s names in a Dec. 1977 newspaper advertisement.  The morning of its publication turned into the night Villaflor was detained and placed into a concentration camp.  Her body was identified in 2005 and evidence proves that she was tortured.

The director of the National Security Archive’s Argentina Documentation Project, Carlos Osorio said,  “The documents provide clues to the fate of ‘disappeared’ citizens in Argentina by an unchecked security apparatus, and tell the story of a massive and indiscriminate counterinsurgency campaign carried out by the military dictatorship targeting real or imagined subversives including thousands of labor leaders, workers, clergymen, human rights advocates, scientists, doctors, and political party leaders” (2).

 1.) Mercer, Marilyn. Feminism in Argentina. Retrieved from http://www.cddc.vt.edu/feminism/arg.html

2.) Osorio, Carlos. (n.d.) National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 73 – Part I. Retrieved from http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB73/

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