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Women’s organizations kick off Super Feminist Monday

SANTIAGO – Feminist organizations protested in front of government palace La Moneda on the eve of Women’s Day. They performed A Rapist in Your Path and targeted the outgoing president for misogynistic behavior. The main event will take place Mar. 8.

In preparation of International Women’s Day on Mar. 8, Chilean feminist organizations Coordinadora Feminista 8 de Marzo and Brigada Laura Rodig have protested in front of government palace La Moneda.

The protest involved a so-called pañuelazo, or waving of green handkerchiefs which became a symbol of Latin America’s pro-abortion and women’s rights movement.

Protesters were especially critical of President Sebastian Piñera’s track record on women’s rights. Piñera has come under fire for misogynistic remarks, normalization of rape culture, and impunity of aggressors.

The performance A Rapist in Your Path by Valparaíso feminist collective Las Tesis was also part of the program. Before the pandemic, the performance could be seen during feminist protests worldwide.

Women’s rights in Chile

Antonia Orellana, Chile’s incoming Women and Gender Equality Minister, promised that women’s issues will be a government priority. The next government will take office on Mar. 11.

Orellana said during the Estado Nacional talkshow on Sunday that the female vote was key to get Gabriel Boric elected president and the incoming government will show its appreciation of female influence in national politics.

The main demonstration on Tuesday in Santiago will start at 5:30 p.m. at Plaza de la Dignidad and close around 7:30 p.m. near Alameda corner Echaurren. Events are set to take place in all major cities.

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