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10/20/2016 04:39 pm ET Updated Jan 03, 2017

27 Powerful Images Of Women Protesting Against Femicide In Latin America

“The one death that we want is that of patriarchy.”
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Please note that this article contains graphic depictions of violence against a young woman.

On October 8, 16-year-old Argentinian school girl Lucia Perez was violently raped and murdered in the coastal town of Mar del Plata. Perez was abducted outside of her school, drugged, raped, tortured and impaled. She died the next day from her injuries.

Two men ― Matias Gabriel Farias, 23, and Juan Pablo Offidani, 41 ― are currently being held in connection to her death, and a third man is being questioned for attempting to cover up the crime. 

In response to what the case’s prosector Maria Isabel Sanchez called “brutal, inhumane sexual abuse,” women all over South America took to the streets on Wednesday to protest not just Perez’s rape and murder, but the issue of machista violence ― or gendered, sexual violence ― and femicide overall. 

El Salvador has the highest rate of femicide in the world, and the murder of women in Central and South America make up for 50 percent of the world’s femicide. 

Perez’s murder reignited women’s anger with the issue, and on October 19, women protested from Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo to Mexico City and Santiago, braving the rain, going on strike, and chanting “Ni Una Menos” ― not one less

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    Women in Mexico City protest with "Ni Una Menos" posters.
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    Women in Mexico City protest with "Ni Una Menos" posters.
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    Women in Mexico City protest dressed in all black. 
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    Women in Mexico City protest dressed in all black. 
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    Women protest in the rain in Buenos Aires with "Ni Una Menos" signs.
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    Women protest in the rain in Buenos Aires with "Ni Una Menos" signs.
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    A woman in Buenos Aires protests with a sign that says "Stop Sexist Violence."
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    A woman in Buenos Aires protests with a sign that says "Stop Sexist Violence."
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    Silvia Vargas, mother of Maria Fernanda Rico -- a young Mexican woman who was murdered -- takes part in "Ni Una Menos" p
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    Silvia Vargas, mother of Maria Fernanda Rico -- a young Mexican woman who was murdered -- takes part in "Ni Una Menos" protests.
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    A woman in Mexico City with the sentence "Stop Looking at my Breasts" written on her chest takes part in October 19 protests.
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    A woman in Mexico City with the sentence "Stop Looking at my Breasts" written on her chest takes part in October 19 protests. 
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    Women march in Mexico City with a poster that says "We want to live."
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    Women march in Mexico City with a poster that says "We want to live."
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    A woman in Mexico City with the sentence 'It Was Because Of My Clothes' written on her back takes part in the October 19 prot
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    A woman in Mexico City with the sentence 'It Was Because Of My Clothes' written on her back takes part in the October 19 protests.
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    Women in Mexico City protest in "Ni Una Menos" demonstrations. 
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    Women in Mexico City protest in "Ni Una Menos" demonstrations. 
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    Women in Mexico City take part in October 19 protests. 
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    Women in Mexico City take part in October 19 protests. 
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    Women dressed in black go on strike in Buenos Aires to protest violence against women. 
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    Women dressed in black go on strike in Buenos Aires to protest violence against women. 
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    A woman in Mexico City protests on October 19 with the words "Not a virgin, not a slut, just a woman."
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    A woman in Mexico City protests on October 19 with the words "Not a virgin, not a slut, just a woman."
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    A woman protests in the rain in Buenos Aires.
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    A woman protests in the rain in Buenos Aires.
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    Women take part in a strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to protest against violence against women and in solidarity for the br
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    Women take part in a strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to protest against violence against women and in solidarity for the brutal killing of Lucia Perez. 
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    A woman protests in all black in Buenos Aires. 
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    A woman protests in all black in Buenos Aires. 
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    Women in Santiago, Chile march in solidarity with Argentinian women after the murder of Lucia Perez. 
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    Women in Santiago, Chile march in solidarity with Argentinian women after the murder of Lucia Perez. 
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    Women take part in a march in Santiago on October 19 with a sign that says, "The one death that we want is that of patriarchy
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    Women take part in a march in Santiago on October 19 with a sign that says, "The one death that we want is that of patriarchy." 
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    Women gather in Sao Paulo to protest Lucia Perez's brutal murder. 
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    Women gather in Sao Paulo to protest Lucia Perez's brutal murder. 
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    The #NiUnaMenos hashtag is shown on the presidential palace 'La Moneda' during protests in Santiago, Chile on October 19.
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    The #NiUnaMenos hashtag is shown on the presidential palace 'La Moneda' during protests in Santiago, Chile on October 19.
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    Women in Sao Paulo, Brazil protest with a sign that says, "Stop Killing Us." 
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    Women in Sao Paulo, Brazil protest with a sign that says, "Stop Killing Us." 
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    Women protest in Valparaiso, Chile on October 19.
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    Women protest in Valparaiso, Chile on October 19.
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    Women rally in the streets of Valparaiso, Chile against femicide in South America. 
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    Women rally in the streets of Valparaiso, Chile against femicide in South America. 
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    People hold a flag with missing and murdered women's photos during a march in Santiago, Chile on October 19. 
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    People hold a flag with missing and murdered women's photos during a march in Santiago, Chile on October 19. 
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    Women in Santiago show their hands stained with red paint on October 19.
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    Women in Santiago show their hands stained with red paint on October 19.
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    Women protest against femicide in San Salvador, El Salvador. 
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    Women protest against femicide in San Salvador, El Salvador. 
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    A woman takes part in protests against violence against women in Mexico City.
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    A woman takes part in protests against violence against women in Mexico City.
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    Women march in the streets of Santiago, Chile. 
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    Women march in the streets of Santiago, Chile. 
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