International Women’s Day 2014 in Chile and Argentina

By Tracey Chandler

womens-day, By Earthsky.orgWhat did International Women’s Day 2014 reveal? What were some of the most pertinent statistics revealed on this day? How was it celebrated in Latin America? Connecting Worlds takes a look at some global figures and shares some of the events from Chile and Argentina to mark the event.

The Independent UK published a fact-filled infographic on 8th March 2014 for the annual celebration of International Women’s Day, which has been the official international date across the globe since 1914. Some of the most striking data published in the report relates to global statistics on violence, child abuse and employment:

  • Approximately one in three women across the world will be beaten or raped at least once during their lifetime.

  • 38% of women who are murdered worldwide are killed by their intimate partner.

  • Female Genital Mutilation is where either all or part of a female’s clitoris and inner and outer labia is cut off without anaesthesia. It also covers mutilations in which the female vagina is sewn up. Over 130 million women worldwide are the victims of Female Genital Mutilation.

  • Approximately 14 million under-age girls will be married during 2014 and some some of those will only be eight years old.

  • It is believed that 1.2 million children are sold as slaves every year and 80% of those children are female.

  • 10 countries around the world legally bind women to obey their husbands.

  • A mere 76 countries worldwide address the issue domestic violence as part of the legislation and only 57 countries out of the 76 have legislation which addresses sexual abuse in the domestic environment.

  • Only 24% of senior management positions worldwide are filled by women.


International Women’s Day serves in a number of important ways on a global scale. It serves to generate awareness about the situation of young girls and adult women worldwide. It’s also a celebration of sorts which allows us to mark the significant strides, onwards and upwards, that women continue to make within many communities across the globe. In addition, it provides an opportunity for the entire world to step out onto the streets and march in support of female rights and concerns or issues which affect women either globally or locally, in particular areas of the world.

March 8th is an international celebration, which makes it impossible to take a look at everything, but Connecting Worlds was able to focus its attention on two different events, one in Argentina and the other in Chile, which we share with you below.


Argentina – Mama Style

With the slogan that “98% of the cases of breast cancer which are detected early enough can be cured,” the campaign, Mama Style, which was sponsored by Avon Argentina created a viral video on YouTube to help show women in Argentina how to check for first signs of breast cancer without having to go to the doctor.  

Agencia Walter Thompson is a publicity agency through which Avon Argentina manages all of its publicity campaigns. With the choreographic direction of the well-known Argentine cinema director, Diego Kaplan, Walter Thompson and Avon Argentina managed to put together a one-minute-video which generated amazing hype across the social media networks in an attempt to educate women in Argentina to independently check their breasts for early signs of cancer. The choreography is inspired from the movements required to check for breast cancer.

The video was first launched way back on the 22 September 2013 and by October 2013, it had made an astonishing impact on Facebook, achieving 80,000 interactions, 51,000 likes, 2257 comments and 27,000 shares. On 8th March, for International Women’s Day in Argentina, it made a comeback.


Chile – March across the centre of Santiago de Chile

Thousands of people took to the streets of Santiago de Chile on the 7th and the 8th March to support the continued desire to improve the inequality of the sexes which exists across the globe and in many countries more so than in others.


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(All photos provided by Felipe Varas (antonquik1111)

Maya Fernández, an elected MP for the Socialist Party in Chile, said that “there still exists a lack of equal rights and equality in the workplace for men and women in Chile. The most important thing is to advance and get rid of inequality forever.” “”falta igualdad de derechos, derechos sociales laborales entre hombres y mujeres. Lo fundamental es avanzar para acabar con la desigualdad”.

As with all marches which take place in Santiago de Chile, there was a heavy police presence throughout the evening, with the carabineros turning up in heavy trucks, fully armed and dressed top to toe in riot gear.

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Heavy police presence didn’t deter the thousands who turned out to march in support of female rights in Chile, however, and there were a number of regular political faces amongst the crowds too. One of those very much worth highlighting was Roxana del Pilar Miranda Meneses, most commonly referred to as Roxana Miranda, a political activist in Chile and was one of the candidates in the 2013 presidential elections for the Partido Igualdad (Equality Party).

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One of the most important issues facing female rights in Latin America is the subject of abortion. It is still illegal to have an abortion in most countries in Latin America, including Argentina and Chile. In Brazil, a legal abortion can only be consented to when the life of the mother is at risk or if the pregnancy is the result of rape.

In most Latin American countries, abortion remains completely illegal and the only way women have of choosing to abort is by paying for the procedure to be done illegally. The following poster, plastered to the city walls of Santiago on the 8th March, reads “This is not a human being,” clearly referring to the idea that to abort a fetus is not the same a killing a child.

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Helping to support women’s rights in Latin America

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