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Milei closes Women's Ministry

Mairenis Gomez

June 7, 2024 | 5:30 pm

The government has made official the elimination of the Ministry of Women, created in 2019 to address complaints of sexist violence

Since its creation, the Ministry of Women had managed more than 350,000 queries related to sexist violence. This organization also provided direct financial aid to more than 200,000 women and developed thousands of support events and programs. Milei, fulfilling his campaign promise, has closed this ministry, arguing that it was a "politicized body" used by the previous government for partisan purposes and to hire militants.

Impact on assistance services for women and the LGTBIQ+ community after the elimination of the ministry

The Ministry of Women centralized all calls related to sexist violence, coordinating urgent assistance protocols, legal and psychological services. In addition, it managed several territorial centers in different regions to serve women. It also had programs for the LGTBIQ+ community, offering comprehensive assistance and support. Its functions included a program for free access to menstrual and breastfeeding products.

The closure of this ministry means the disappearance of a key organization in the fight against gender violence and support for women and LGTBIQ+ people in Argentina. This decision leaves the continuity of many of these essential services in the air, directly affecting thousands of people who depended on this assistance.

Alarming data on sexist violence in Argentina in the context of the closure of the ministry

Last year, 322 femicides were recorded in Argentina, an increase of more than 30% compared to the previous year. The Argentine Ombudsman's Office has warned about this alarming increase in attacks against women, highlighting that 191 boys and girls were left motherless due to these crimes. This context makes the elimination of the Ministry of Women even more worrying, since its role was crucial to confront this growing problem.

Milei closes the Ministry of Women and generates controversy in Argentina

Milei's new populist executive maintains that the ministry was created for political-partisan purposes to propagate an ideological agenda and that it employed 800 unnecessary public employees. However, the reality is that This ministry provided essential support to women and the LGTBIQ+ community in Argentina, and its elimination represents a significant setback in the fight for the rights and security of these populations.

The responsibility of the State after the closure of the Ministry of Women

It is crucial that alternatives are sought and new mechanisms are established to continue offering these vital services. Attention to victims of sexist violence and the promotion of the rights of women and the LGTBIQ+ community cannot depend on political ups and downs. It is the responsibility of the State to guarantee the protection and necessary support to these people, regardless of ideologies or changes in government.

In short, the elimination of the Ministry of Women in Argentina under the administration of Javier Milei represents great changes in the protection of the rights of women and the LGTBIQ+ community. It is essential that care and assistance be maintained for these vulnerable populations, ensuring that they are not left unprotected at a time when gender-based violence continues to increase.

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