BUENOS AIRES – Hundreds of men in skirts on Thursday marched through the streets of Argentina’s capital appealing for gender equality and protesting against violence against women in Argentina.
Kilts, pleats, ruffles, long and short, skirts of all kinds were worn by men carrying placards with slogans against gender violence on the streets of Buenos Aires.
“This march was very useful to convey to my son he can wear a skirt for his sister, his mother and his friends from school, and understand there is no privilege for being a male,” a protester, Fernando Castelli, who was accompanied by his young son, told EFE.
The silent protest went viral on social networks Facebook and Twitter with slogans that included “Ponete la pollera si sos hombre” (Wear a skirt if you are a man) and “unomasporniunamenos” (One more for one less).
Castelli explained he was wearing a skirt to break “some stereotypes” about what humiliates a man, which is violence and not wearing something feminine.
Another protester at the march, Javier Michalski, explained they are wearing a skirt to dispel the “metaphor that it’s the man who wears the pants and the association of this image with power.”
“Furthermore, it has to do with exposure, as it is always the woman who is more exposed to society,” he added.
The initiative has been replicated in different parts of Argentina and hopes to achieve the same effect as the June march called “Ni una menos” (Not one less), which was supported by numerous Argentine politicians, journalists and celebrities.
Every 36 hours, a woman is killed in Argentina, Minister for Women Maria Julia Rodriguez told EFE during a meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Women of the Mercosur countries held on Wednesday in Paraguay.
Rodriguez said in 2014, 270 women were killed in Argentina, while 51,000 cases of violence against women were registered until September 2015.