Education International's Argentine affiliates, along with their union centers, were part of an intersectoral / political / social network for women that actively campaigned for the national parliament to pass a law to legalize abortion.
As of December 30, Argentina was only the third country in South America to allow polls to be canceled after its Senate approved a change in the law by 38 votes to 29 with one abstention.
Education unionists of the Confederación de Educadores Argentinos (CEA), the Confederación de Trabajadores de la Educación de la República Argentina (CTERA) and the Federación Nacional de Docentes Universitarios (CONADU) were among the election campaigners who had held a vigil in front of the Congress Palace in Buenos Aires.
CTERA: Voluntary termination of pregnancy is the law; a step towards social justice
"Today we have taken an important step towards building a fairer Argentina," said Sonia Alesso, CTERA General Secretary and Executive Board member of Education International, and Roxana Rogalski, CTERA Secretary for Gender and Equal Opportunities.
“We have paid off a historical debt. It is an inalienable right! Our country leads Latin America on social rights, and much of that is thanks to the unwavering struggle of national and popular feminism. The green – the color worn by advocates of the law – flood of collective construction, from the CTERA under the Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA) and the Bloque Intersindical de Généro prides itself on being a protagonist and a pioneer! "
They concluded with the declaration: "Today we made history!"
CONADU: Huge support for the abortion movement that has been built over the years
Yamile Socolovsky, CONADU secretary for international relations, echoed her union counterparts, saying, “The unionized workers had enormous expectations that this time it would be a law. For many years we have been committed to promoting legal, safe and free abortion. We have built a great social support movement, a movement at the center of popular feminism that we have built over the years and in which trade unionists have played and continue to play an important role. "
Socolovsky is also the CTA Secretary for Education and is responsible for coordinating the CTA Secretariat for Gender. She highlighted the support of the abortion law by a wide range of trade unionists, social movements and feminism.
This victory is the result of five years of mass protest marches by the Argentine women's movement. It started as a Twitter campaign against gender-based violence using the hashtag #NiUnaMenos (“No more” – meaning no more women are lost to gender-based violence).
The first spontaneous march on June 3, 2015 was in response to the murder of 14-year-old pregnant Chiara Páez, who was found buried under her boyfriend's house after he had beaten her to death.
It was this dramatic and outrageous event that helped bring union and other women activists together on a range of women's rights issues, including the right to abortion.