Feminicides in Argentina, already at an unprecedented level in 2023, continued to increase in the first two months of 2024, according to an observatory report released yesterday Friday: an average of more than one death per day is recorded.

The Latin American state saw 61 misogynist murders, including underage girls, as of the end of February, according to the non-governmental Casa del Encuentro’s femicide watchdog. In the corresponding period of 2023, their number reached 56.

The nearly 10% rise follows a tragic record total of 322 femicides last year, according to official figures, as widespread poverty, political unrest and soaring inflation deepen the crisis in living standards. , further escalate social tensions.

New president Javier Millay, a hardline liberal who took office in December, abolished the Women’s Ministry as part of austerity measures, transferring its responsibilities to the Human Capital Ministry. Non-governmental organizations warn that this move negates many protection measures for women.

“What we see, unfortunately, is that violence against women has worsened,” summarized Ada Beatrice Rico, the director of the observatory that prepared the report. “They leave us without tools. It feels like we’ve gone back in time,” he added.

The government declined to comment.

Javier Millay is openly anti-feminist. He assures that this does not mean that she is half-sexed. He says he wants to reopen public debate on abortion — which was decriminalized by Congress at the initiative of the defunct center-left government — and has ordered public services to stop using gender-inclusive language.

Of the 61 victims, 57% were murdered in their home and 20% had reported an episode or episodes of domestic violence in the past. According to the report, 77 children were orphaned.

As the official figures on femicides are announced by the judiciary and the ombudsman at the end of the year, the report is practically the only indicator of the trend in the phenomenon.

Casa del Encuentro along with 14 other non-governmental organizations are putting pressure on the government to clarify its policy and announce how it intends to improve the protection of women from gender-based crimes.