Field report: Action to Prevent Trafficking of Women (Argentina)

Goal:

To petition Argentina’s National Council on Women (Mariana Gras, President) to officially publish their National Action Plan against gender-based violence, including sex trafficking.  

Summary:

Despite the Argentinian government receiving suggestions from over 38,000 women, the action plan had been established behind closed doors but had been made public. The National Council on Women claimed to have completed it, however, their action was never publicly released. A strong plan was needed to make it easier to enforce the government’s existing Law on Violence against Women that would attempt to identify victims, provide the assistance they need, and outline measures to prevent gender-based violence and trafficking leading to sexual exploitation. We launched a campaign in partnership with the Argentinian organization ELA, urging the National Council on Women to officially publish the plan and for Mariana Gras, President of the National Council on Women, to take action.

Outcome:

Following this campaign in October 2015, the National Council on Women published the National Action Plan against gender-based violence, including trafficking for sexual exploitation on their website, finally making it public after several years of delaying. The Argentinian government now has a National Action Plan that should help identify and give assistance to victims of gender-based violence. Now, organizations serving the needs of vulnerable women, like our partner ELA, will have the opportunity to critique and use the Plan in their work.

Note:

It is estimated that 77,300 people are trapped in modern slavery in Argentina.



Our partner in this campaign:

Equipo Latinamericano de Justicia y Genero

Equipo Latinamericano de Justicia y Genero (ELA) is an independent non-profit organization which works to build about a more fair and equitable society for women and men. They promote the exercise of women’s rights through access to justice and public policies. Their mission is to achieve gender equality through advocacy, collaboration, and capacity building for social and political actors, in order to improve the social, political, and economic conditions of women. Their overarching mission is to promote the exercise for women’s human rights and gender equality in Latin America through the use of law and public policies.