By, umm, Luciana Peker*:
But the country that led the struggle for women’s rights in Latin America has now suffered an extreme, misogynistic setback, and I, too, feel I have been forced to leave my country. Ever since Javier Milei took office in December 2023, his government has deployed a shocking strategy that plunders natural resources, attacks social justice, dismantles the state and erodes the rights of women and sexual diversity. The attacks on feminism that this environment enables are a huge problem for Argentina. It is also a very serious problem for Latin America and for women in the west, however distant it may feel to them.
And so, less than a month after taking power, Milei’s government closed the ministry of women, gender and diversity,
That’s why I have had to leave the country, after threats, censorship, silencing and the suffocation of my work and income by Milei’s supporters.
I think – I think – this means she no longer gets a grant from the Ministry that no longer exists.
I have not left to be silenced, but to continue writing. And I have not left for ever. It’s not personal – it’s political.
Women in Latin America need women in the west to work with us to put an end to this violent oppression. Read the work of Latin authors, activists, writers and journalists, follow them on social media, share their content and support our women’s words, so that violence does not silence us and economic suffocation does not steal our voices again. Our freedom cannot be pushed back. Neither can our words.
Ah, so it’s a career move then?
* Indeed, indeed.