TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH BY LIZ MASON DEESE
The concept of violence is regularly used in our discourses around political struggles, but often without being questioned ethically and politically. In this text, Verónica Gago takes on the term by describing how feminist movements in “Améfrica Ladina” have engaged new forces in understanding the patriarchal, extractivist, and exploitative violence they are facing, and how to organize against it.
The Ni Una Menos (Not One Woman Less) movement emerged in response to the multiple and specific forms of violence faced by women, lesbians, trans, travestis, and non-binary people. By occupying the streets at a mass scale, in Argentina and in Abya Yala more broadly, the question of violence has escaped from its enclosure under the concept of “domestic violence” and the modes of its domestication through the responses attempted by institutions, NGOs, and philanthropic and paternalistic forms of management.
The strikes launched in Poland and Argentina in 2016 were tied to mobilizations that had only recently started, such as Ni Una Menos, which had begun in 2015, and gave them a greater push.
In this way, it challenged neoliberalism in the household and on the streets. This was how, in many countries, the feminist strike expanded, diversified and adapted to the needs of stopping and sabotaging different realities of oppression and exploitation.