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On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Argentina to protest what is seen as an epidemic of violence against women in the country. The protests were prompted by a series of events that shocked the nation. In May, a pregnant 14-year old was allegedly beaten to death by her boyfriend, and in April, the estranged husband of a kindergarten teacher slit her throat in front of her class. Demonstrators marched through Buenos Aires and 70 other cities across the country as part of the campaign #NiUnaMenos (“Not One Less”), which has spread through social media. Women, men and children flooded the streets with signs and photos of women who had been killed. One sign read, “I am your mom. I am your sister. I am your wife. I am your daughter. Respect me.” Violence against women has been a widespread problem in the country, where a femicide — the killing of women because of their gender — occurred every 35 hours from 2007 to 2012, according to La Casa del Encuentro in Buenos Aires. They also estimated that 277 women had been killed in the country in 2014.
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