A 17-Year-Old Boy From Argentina Is On A Mission To Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

"I decided to do it because no one else would."

A calendar showing the cases of violence against women in Argentina during the month of April is going viral on Twitter and calling attention to a burgeoning problem in the South American country.

The calendar, created by a 17-year-old boy from Buenos Aires named Ramiro, is broken down and color-coded into instances of missing women (desaparecida), murdered women (asesinada), abused women (abusada), and murdered and abused women (asesinada y abusada). Ramiro started the calendar at the beginning of April and updated the throughout the month using data he gathered from google alerts, which helped him accurately connect dates and cases. The teen tells Buzzfeed that he felt compelled to create the calendar because the media has failed to acknowledge his country's high femicide rates.

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"I feel pretty bad doing this, but it's the only way to show this horror." Twitter

"I decided to do it because no one else would, not the media or the newspapers," Ramiro explains. "They just have reported like three or four cases. The local media only cares about the girls who are from Buenos Aires."

On the top left side of the calendar you'll see the hashtag #NiUnaMenos, which translates to "not one less," and is a reference to the Argentine feminist movement that campaigns for an end to gender-based violence.

This shows statistics relating to violence against women in Argentina. Twitter

According to some of the facts and figures above from Ni Una Menos, women in Argentina earn 27 percent less than men, 76 percent of unpaid domestic work in the country is performed by women, and 20 percent of women murdered in Argentina had at one point filed complaints of gender-based violence.

By the end of April, Ramiro's calendar was just about full. Even though there were a handful of days with no crimes against women committed in Argentina, there were also days with more than one crime, as seen below.

Here's Ramiro's completed April calendar, with 30 femicides. Twitter

Ramiro notes people online acted with "concern" over the femicides and lack of media coverage, and says he might create another calendar for May, though he hopes the femicides "stop at the point where an update would not be needed anymore."

According to Buzzfeed, an estimated 220 cases of femicide took place Argentina last year, and though a 2012 report states the countries with the highest femicide rates are located in Latin America and the Caribbean, Argentina is hardly in a league of its own. In fact, femicide has become a growing global problem across the world.

Per the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, in Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, between 40 and 70 percent of female murder victims were killed by their intimate partners.

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Thankfully, there are many organizations fighting valiantly to combat femicide worldwide. In Argentina, the aforementioned Ni Una Menos movement is gaining traction throughout South America, and an Australia-based organization called The Global Women's Project aims to create "a world where women can determine their own lives, and live free from poverty, discrimination, violence, and inequality."

Another big player is The International Alliance of Women, a nongovernmental organization comprising of 41 member organizations involved in the promotion of women's human rights, and the equality and empowerment of women. The IAW operates on both a large and small scale, with specific initiatives to bring an end to child marriage, female genital mutilation, and more.

Cover image via Shutterstock / T photography.

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