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This is the slogan of our campaign that seeks to debunk myths about CSE, promote open debates and provide essential knowledge that allows students to exercise their rights and lead a healthy and fulfilling life.

On February 26, students from across the province of Córdoba will begin a new school year. Those who turn eighteen in 2024 will have the same number of years that will be counted in October from the enactment of Law 26,150, known as the Comprehensive Sexual Education Law (ESI). In this return to school, they hope that ESI will finally be implemented in their classes, so as not to continue being part of the 80% of students who consider that it is not applied adequately in their school, according to the data that emerges from a survey carried out by the Huésped Foundation.

“Comprehensive Sexual Education is an inalienable right of students throughout the country who attend both public and private educational establishments, as established by Law 26,150. Although this law has been in force since 2006, its effective compliance has not been achieved and, furthermore, today this right is threatened by strong disinformation campaigns that circulate both in public opinion and in institutional spaces,” explains Mayca Balaguer, executive director. from Fundeps.

Coinciding with the start of classes, at Fundeps we launch the ESI because Yes awareness campaign, with the aim of making adolescents and young people aware that Comprehensive Sexual Education is their right and that it must be guaranteed in all cases. With clear and precise information, the campaign aims to combat false news, myths and hate speech that circulate on social networks, generating confusion and false beliefs about the content and effective practices of the law in schools.

ESI because Yes, is intended mainly for secondary level students in the province, but also for teachers and educational authorities.

“The teaching role is fundamental: teaching sexual education is essential for the eradication of gender violence, the integration of sexual diversity, the prevention of sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, among other issues. ESI is not a gender ideology, but rather a systematic and transversal space for teaching and learning, which ensures the transmission of precise, reliable and appropriate scientific knowledge at each evolutionary stage of the students. Teachers are guarantors of rights,” defines Mayca Balaguer.

In Córdoba, the Provincial Education Law (9870) reinforces adherence to national regulations, both in content and knowledge and in values. However, impediments to its application continue to exist in many institutions. That is why we also bet on networking, together with other organizations committed to the promotion of human rights.

“Guaranteeing ESI is expanding rights. It allows students to be formed who are free in thought and choice, with empathy and the ability to live a full sexuality with respectful bonds, since the very definition of Comprehensive Sexual Education stipulated by Law 26,150 contemplates the articulation of biological, psychological, social, emotional and ethical aspects “, confirms our executive director.

The ESI because Yes campaign will be available on the social networks of Fundeps and allied organizations.



Mayca Balaguer, maycabalaguer@fundeps.org

From Fundeps, together with IDEJUS and Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, we present “Breaking schemes: a Conversation on Feminist Litigation” at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Córdoba. We spoke with an international panel of lawyers with outstanding experience in the defense of human rights.

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On Friday, September 15, within the framework of the optional subject “Feminist Litigation: Legal Strategies for Gender Equality” taught this semester at the Faculty of Law, the first discussion on feminist litigation took place. The subject addresses conceptual issues about strategic litigation and feminist criticism of law, with a practical part in which cases and experiences are studied. The teaching team is made up of lawyers from Fundeps, CDD and IDEJUS.

With the participation of Lucía de la Vega (CELS), Soledad Deza (Women x Women), Mariela Galeazzi (Amnesty International), Patricia Sotile (Latin American Justice and Gender Team) and Natalia Acevedo Guerrero (O’Neill Institute for Law and Global and National Health from Georgetown University), we talked about her experience in social organizations and in the development of strategic litigation, the obstacles to the practice of law with a feminist perspective and her response to all types of judicial controversies. They highlighted the importance of collective and interdisciplinary work for comprehensive approaches and the need for training in feminist and human rights perspectives in the legal field.

With a review of those causes in which they participated, the progress of the integration of perspectives for real access to justice and the importance of its promotion and dissemination was analyzed.

Through these instances, in line with what was discussed with the panel and with the institutional support of the Faculty of Law, we are committed to contributing to the training of legal professionals with a gender perspective.



Luz Baretta


Mayca Balaguer, maycabalaguer@fundeps.org

We present “Pañuelos en lucha”, a series of four episodes that highlights the testimonies of different people who fought for the sanction of the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy Law in Argentina and continue to raise their handkerchiefs to defend it.

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The project, carried out together with Parque Podcast and with the support of the Mujeres del Sur Fund, has as its protagonists the voices of women and gender dissidence members of the green tide, who had some type of participation in the process prior to the enactment of the law , and in its subsequent implementation and defense.

Based on the collection of testimonies and the sound archive that brings together experiences from different parts of the country, we tell the story of the enactment of the IVE law and what came after. The objective of this sound essay is to serve as a historical account that recovers and reconstructs various forms of organization and strategies of struggle of the movements in favor of reproductive autonomy.

We set out to reflect how, despite the actions and strategies implemented by conservative and religious fundamentalist groups, the sanction could be obtained and work continues for its full implementation.

Each episode poses a fight scenario. In the first, “The desire made law”, we develop how the conquest process was experienced in Congress, during the vigils, and what the collective achievement of a law means. In the second, “Not a step back”, we reflect on how this right is accessed in health systems. In the third, “Winning the courts”, we tell how the judicial scenario is constituted as a space for dispute. Finally, in the fourth, “Abortion after abortion”, we propose some reflections on the pending challenges and how we see the future.

The ideation process of each episode and the collection of testimonies was carried out by the staff and volunteers from Fundeps’ Gender and Sexual Diversity and Communication areas. The script was written by Florencia Flores Iborra. The recording was in charge of Leticia Riera. The mixing and sound design was in charge of Paula Manini and the locution was by Constanza Barbisan.


We invite you to listen to it!



And here we share the transcriptions of the scripts for each episode:



Mayca Balaguer, maycabalaguer@fundeps.org

May 17 corresponds to the date on which the World Health Organization removed (31 years ago, in 1990) homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. That is why on this day the “International Day for the Fight against Discrimination due to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” is celebrated and particularly in the province of Córdoba the “Provincial Day for Equality and Non-Discrimination due to Sexual Orientation, Identity and Gender Expression ”. These advances are accompanied by laws that demonstrate achievements but also obstacles in their implementation.

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May 17 is a fundamental day to make visible and raise awareness about the multiple violence suffered by LGBTIQ + people.

By virtue of the incorporation of international human rights treaties into our constitution, eradicating discrimination based on gender is a duty assumed by the State and also a commitment by all of us who want to live in a more just and equitable society.

There are various tools to eradicate violence, one of them is the formation and creation of laws, which imply the recognition of rights. Among them we can name Law 26,485 on Comprehensive Protection to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence; the 26,743 of gender identity; Law 26,150 on comprehensive sexual education; among other. Despite its recognition, in law there are two fundamental concepts: on the one hand, formal equality, and on the other, material equality. The first corresponds to what we have been talking about, the recognition and promotion of equal rights written in the law, but the second is the opposite. That is, it allows us to identify if what is written is reflected in everyday life and these rights are specified, generating real equality, or if they are simply statements narrated on paper.

According to updated data from Amnesty International, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, or are perceived as such, are at greater risk of being harassed and victims of violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The life expectancy of the transvestite-trans population in Argentina is 35 to 41 years. In this sense, it is important to remember the case of Tehuel De La Torre, a trans boy who disappeared on March 11 of this year, when he left his home for a job interview. To this day Tehuel does not appear, there are few clues about his whereabouts since the last people who saw him alive do not provide information, and it is a case that does not have enough repercussion and dissemination in the hegemonic media. The Tehuel case highlights the reality of the country’s trans population: the situation of extreme vulnerability and exposure to multiple gender-based violence.

Among the discriminations that people suffer due to their sexual orientation or gender identity there are homophobia, lesbophobia and transphobia, which are irrational hatred towards people whose sexual orientation is different from heterosexuality and / or their gender identity does not matches your biological sex. An example of this is the rejection that was generated by a sector of Cordoba society towards the LGBTIQA + flag that was hung by the Municipality of the capital in Sarmiento Park. On that occasion, there were clear reactions of violence and hate mobilizations against him, even reaching the fact that on several occasions the flag was removed, including acts of physical violence against LGBTIQA + people.

The aforementioned regulations suffer some difficulties at the time of their implementation due to the resistance of conservative groups that hinder the development of this policy in society. Whether through legal litigation, media campaigns, legislative lobbies, and particularly resistance in teaching spaces such as schools. These sites are important institutions for socialization and learning, where issues of promoting equality and non-discrimination must be addressed early.

What has been said so far, makes it clear that despite having rights recognized in various laws (formal equality), even so, people continue to suffer multiple violence because of their sexual orientation and / or gender orientation (material equality) when they do not conform to the heterocisnorm. Therefore, the need for a comprehensive plan to eradicate violence is evident. The enactment of a law is not enough, but comprehensive public policies are required that provide true responses to the problem and a profound cultural change.

On November 24, we met with members of the Córdoba delegation of the National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism to discuss the acts of discrimination perpetuated in the schools of the Fasta educational network.

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After sending them the complaint presented in October to the Ministry of Education for the situations of violence and discrimination experienced by members of the educational communities of the Fasta network, the Cordovan delegation of INADI granted us a hearing to discuss the cases of discrimination reported .

The institution promised to get involved with the complaint, requesting information from the Ministry of Health. In addition, it assumed the commitment to continue articulating with civil society organizations, anticipating new instances of encounter and dialogue.

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As a result of the testimonies of former members of schools of the FASTA educational network, numerous cases of gender violence, discrimination, non-compliance with the compulsory curriculum and abuse of authority came to light. We demand that the province’s Ministry of Education stop these practices that violate human rights and act accordingly.

This Monday, accompanying graduates of the schools of the FASTA educational network (Fraternidad de Agrupaciones Santo Tomás de Aquino), we filed a complaint with the Ministry of Education of the province of Córdoba, in order to inform you of certain situations and practices contrary to the law occurred in said educational centers.

Through the testimonies of former students, former students and other members of the community, he became aware of the discrimination and violence that had occurred and would occur in the classrooms of said schools. The testimonies cover situations of gender violence, homo-hatred, discrimination, abuse of authority and denial and defense of the last Argentine military dictatorship.

The study material that is provided to the students was also denounced for being fallacious, discriminatory, violent and violating different laws, such as Comprehensive Sex Education, Discriminatory Acts, Sexual Health and Responsible Procreation, and Identity of Gender, among other protective regulations for human rights and for children and adolescents.

The complaint was signed by more than 30 graduates of the Fasta schools, and different civil society organizations, political parties, public figures and human rights activists joined.

We demand that the Ministry take the necessary measures to deter human rights violations committed by the schools of the FASTA network and any other establishment linked to it, and that it take an active role so that the contents and materials of study are adapted to the provisions of our laws, in matters of education. We also request that the creation of a Provincial Commission for the Implementation of CSE be established with the purpose of collecting and systematizing information that allows monitoring at the provincial level compliance with Law No. 26,150 on Comprehensive Sexual Education.

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  • Sofia Mongi


In a live Instagram, we play and reflect together with Activating Rights on issues related to Comprehensive Sexual Education, such as gender stereotypes, micro-chauvinism, relationships, ties, consent, among others.

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Last Thursday, September 10, we carried out an activity on Instagram together with the “Activating rights” team for Sexual and (non) Reproductive Rights, in order to learn about their activities and share different experiences on the implementation of Law 26,150 on Education Integral Sexual in educational institutions, in a fun and psychopedagogical way.

From the current context generated by the pandemic, new ways of teaching-learning are proposed through virtuality. These new ways challenge not only teachers and students, but also families. It is at this new juncture that ESI is problematized and thought as part of the curriculum and as essential as the right of children and adolescents. However, its implementation today continues to be hampered within many institutions.

“Chomaso that they speak for you”

The meeting took place on InstagramLive and was carried out with a game -tutti frutti- based on topics of interest that emerged from a survey that we had distributed among young people. The categories we played with were: insults based on sexual orientation or gender identity; forms or types of sex-affective relationships; strategies to reject someone who insists on looking for you; things that should not happen in a sex-affective bond and LGBTTTIQ + cultural consumption. These sections gave rise to the conversation among those who broadcast the live, who while receiving the responses from the public developed a brief analysis of each proposed word.

After going through several letters, from Activating Rights they shared some reflections on their work and the experiences within the workshops that they carry out in schools together with children and adolescents. The team works with young people in different educational institutions from a rights perspective and with a gender perspective, generating collective and non-adultcentric spaces, where they can express what they think and feel, developing in an environment of informality and trust.

The importance of articulating

These learning and exchange spaces are enriching and collaborate with the promotion and implementation of a fundamental right for young people, giving place to the protagonists to appropriate them and be an active component of their own learning.

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Mayca Balaguer, maycabalaguer@fundeps.org

Following the opportunity represented by the change of management at the municipal level, we want to express ourselves on key issues for the future of our city. Therefore, we jointly address other Cordoba organizations to the new Mayor of Córdoba, Martín Llaryora, with the aim of making recommendations regarding structural problems that cause serious damage to human rights.

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Within the framework of the assumption of the new municipal management, there are unattended situations for years that need an urgent response. Through an open letter, we announce in ten points what these problems are and we make ourselves available to the new cabinet to work in an articulated way.

The ten points are summarized in:

  1. Environmental and health emergency in the Chacras de la Merced neighborhood
  2. Solid Urban Waste
  3. Urban Planning and Development
  4. Gender parity in the cabinet
  5. Trans labor inclusion and quota law
  6. Access to Legal Disruption of Pregnancy in Primary Care Centers
  7. Application of the Micaela law
  8. Access to public information
  9. Healthy school environments
  10. Smoke-free environments and protection of the non-smoker

These are 10 points, which are not exhaustive or exclusive of other problems, but require an urgent response because of the critical situations they represent. We hope that in the next 4 years we can articulate a joint work to continue advancing in the fulfillment of the human rights of the Cordoba community.

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Carolina Tamagnini, carotamagnini@fundeps.org

On Saturday, November 9, the 11th March of the Dissenting Pride was held in the city of Córdoba, which was lived as a party but also as a space for struggle, for vindication and for denunciation.

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From emotional content to what advertising doesn’t show

The 11th March of the Dissenting Pride, the most massive to date, sought to show that, under the glitter, colors and music, there is a history of struggles and denunciations that are far from being what some speeches show us as a (maybe desirable) reality.
The violence of genders that affect the LGBTTTIQ + community is almost impossible to imagine for those who live and conceive of reality from the cisheteronorma. Camila Sosa Villada, renowned playwright, actress, writer and trans activist, tells how her childhood was one of the saddest stages of her life:

“It was very hard, they chased me with stones. (…) I was walking down the street and people spit on me. They wouldn’t let me in the places, I couldn’t go to work at my classmates’ homes because their parents wouldn’t let me in. I could not go to the alumni party because the parents had decided that if I was dressed as a woman I could not enter the party. That is the story of trans people right now in Argentina. Not being able to go out during the day, not being able to go to the river, going to sit in a square, not being able to go to the supermarket … ”

These violence have its highest point in hate crimes by sexual orientation, identity and / or gender expression that, by 2018, reached 147, and 68 by the first half of 2019, in Argentina. Most of these crimes affect younger people (between 30 and 39 years old), which coincides with the average life expectancy of trans people who have a minimum of 35.5 and a maximum of 41.25 years , while for cis people in Latin America it is 75 years.

The day and the street as a territory of dispute: the claims

Again, as for 11 years, pride took to the streets. Like the carnivals that enable “out” the repressed, denied, the invisible by monstrous and dissident. They do it in broad daylight, showing everything.
Here, evidencing that the private is political and public, the motto of the March is raised: “We are driven by urgency to dissent, we win the streets until pride expires,” and the following claims were raised:

  • Labor, health, educational and social security inclusion law for women, men, non-binaries, transvestites and transgender.
    Labor rights for sex workers.
  • New adoption law.
  • Effective implementation of Comprehensive Sex Education, so that there are free and happy childhoods.
  • New law on HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs and denouncing the lack of medications for the HIV-positive community.
  • End the institutional violence towards the tortillero collective, claiming the acquittal of Higui and Marian Gomez.
  • Finally, it was demanded by legal, safe and free abortion for all persons capable of gestating and the separation of the Church and the State.

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FLYER OFICIAL 11’ MARCHA DEL ORGULLO DISIDENTE CBA🏳️‍🌈🔥 . . “A la disidencia la atraviesa la emergencia, ganemos las calles hasta que el orgullo venza” . . . El sábado 9 de Noviembre se llevará a cabo la 11° Marcha del Orgullo Disidente por las calles de la Ciudad de Córdoba. Desde las 16 hs. nos encontramos en la “Plaza de los presidentes Argentinos Cordobeses” (las cuatro plazas), ubicada en Gral. Paz y La Tablada, para comenzar a marchar a las 18hs hasta el Buen pastor, finalizando con un festival disidente. . . Exigimos: . . – Ley de inclusión laboral, sanitaria, educativa y de seguridad social para mujeres, varones y no binaries trans y travestis – Por infancias libres y felices, implementación real de la ESI. Por una nueva ley de adopción. – Por una nueva ley de VIH, hepatitis virales, ITSs. Basta de faltantes de medicamentos para la comunidad seropositiva. – Terminemos con la violencia institucional hacia el colectivo tortillero. Absolución para Higui y Marian Gómez. – Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito para todas las personas gestantes. Separación iglesia y Estado. – Derechos laborales para les trabajadores sexuales. . . Mesa coordinadora de la Marcha del Orgullo Disidente🏳️‍🌈

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Pride and fight

This year’s march was the most summoning since its inception, 11 years ago. And it was lived as a great party, with the axis set to express ourselves freely in the streets and in the light of day, as we are. But it is very difficult to be happy in a context not only of lack of recognition of rights, but of systematic violence and harassment. Without going any further, the recent attack by Monsignor Aguer towards the identities, orientations and expressions of sexual diversity, which he describes as perverse, unnatural and impure, realizes how much we need to continue fighting.

Pride is not just glitter. It goes hand in hand with the courage of those who, through their own existence, resist and fight.

“In a world of worms, you have to have a lot of courage to be butterflies,” said Lohana Berkins.

… and it is that courage that was seen in this march.


Cecilia Bustos Moreschi, Mayca Balaguer y Mila Francovich


Cecilia Bustos Moreschi, cecilia.bustos.moreschi@fundeps.org

Together with the Union of Educators of the Province of Córdoba (UEPC) we present the booklet Teacher guarantors of rights. This is a document that provides information on both international treaties and national laws and the province of Córdoba that urge states to create the necessary conditions for teachers to teach sex education in schools.

Following various situations in public and private schools in Córdoba, contrary to the rules and standards of law that govern education, we lodge complaints with the Office of the Ombudsman for Children and Adolescents and with the Ministry of Education requesting their intervention.

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Within the framework of March 25, “Children’s Day for Birth,” several public and private schools in Córdoba held activities and days of celebration, incurring a flagrant violation of the rights of children and adolescents.

Among them, the Private Institute “Virgen Niña” of the city of Justiniano Posse, made and then disseminated a video on WhatsApp, in which you can watch children of the Primary Level singing a song. In the video you can also see images with drawings and activities that were made in the school on that day.

The current legislation cannot be contradicted

This song contradicts the contents proposed by the Law of Integral Sexual Education No. 26,150, sanctioned in 2006, which establishes the right of all students to receive comprehensive sexual education in their biological, psychological, social, affective and ethical aspects (art . one). This law, and its complementary laws, such as Law No. 25.673 on Sexual Health and Responsible Procreation and Law 27.234 Educate on Equality: Prevention and Eradication of Gender Violence, are fully in force in all educational institutions of all levels that they integrate the educational system of the province of Córdoba. In the Provincial Education Law (9870), the adherence to national regulations is reinforced, both in content and knowledge and in values. At the provincial level, in addition, the Ministry of Education ruled last year through Memorandum No. 8/2018, recalling that the ESI law is in full force. The same was said in Resolution No. 433, on April 29 of this year, through which it ratified the validity and mandatory compliance with the guidelines established in the Memorandum mentioned.

In addition to local regulation, this right is based on numerous international human rights instruments.

What the song of the Institution’s video proposes moves away considerably from the obligatory common floor established by the parameters of the Curricular Guidelines for Integral Sexual Education, and from any biological notion of human reproduction, granting subjectivity to the embryo or fetus and presenting a conflict in the situation of pregnancy between the mother and “the child”, which is extremely worrying and stigmatizing.

The institutional ideology must be respected, but without violating rights

The Law of Integral Sexual Education provides that the teaching contents must be harmonious with the “ideals” of each educational community. Therefore, religious schools can define their programs and adapt “the guidelines to their socio-cultural reality, within the framework of respect for (…) the beliefs of their members” (Article 5). This means that religious schools have the right to share with their students what is the opinion of the dogma or creed that governs the institution. But in no way can students be left without the minimum information established by the official curriculum of the law, much less provide erroneous, false and biased information.

It is urgent to talk about ESI

Improving the application of the Comprehensive Sex Education Law in our country is essential, taking into account the high rates of teenage pregnancy and child sexual abuse. Annually, about 3,000 girls and adolescents under 15 years old become mothers, a situation that requires a special look, not only because of the risk of greater physical complications that pregnancy represents at such an early age, but because the younger age is the Probability of pregnancy being a product of sexual abuse.

A systematic practice

You cannot fail to mention other situations that have occurred in schools in the province, such as the three secondary educational establishments of La Carlota (Instituto Mercenario, IPET N ° 100 and EPET N ° 255) that were mobilized to perform a series of acts framed in they call “Week for life”, which included touring the city with flyers and posters “in defense of the unborn child.

Something similar happened in Jesús María in the primary school of the Colegio del Huerto, where teachers and authorities asked the students to attend the school with the blue scarf for the day of March 25.

To these are added public knowledge situations where students received reprimands or other sanctions for taking the green scarf to school or for expressing their position in favor with respect to legalization, or those of those teachers who suffer harassment, threats or displacement due to the use of inclusive language.

For all these reasons, with the accession of more than 30 organizations, we request the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Ombudsman for Children and Adolescents to provide the necessary means to deter this type of practices and to enable mechanisms for training authorities, teachers and non-teachers of all educational institutions in the area of ​​Integral Sexual Education, according to the guidelines established by law.

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Cuerpo de Abogadas Feministas de Córdoba, Asociación Pensamiento Penal (APP) – Capítulo Córdoba, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Fundación Córdoba de Todxs, Activando Derechos Córdoba, SeAP – Servicio a la Acción Popular, Red PAR (Red de periodistas por una comunicación no sexista), Asociación Civil Somos Diversidad Club Social, Cultural y Deportivo, FES (Federación de Estudiantes, Secundarios), Equipo de Investigación «La educación sexual integral en la trama institucional y política de Córdoba», Área de educación, CIFFyH/UNC, Equipo de Educación Sexual Integral – Escuela Superior de Comercio Manuel Belgrano (UNC), Programa de Feminismos, Sexualidades y Derechos de la FCS, Fundación ECoS (Espacio Córdoba Salud), Consultorio de Salud Integral, Flor de Luna, Jardín maternal DEODORO, Socorro Rosa Córdoba, Las Juanas Socorristas, Ni Una Menos Córdoba, MuMaLa Córdoba, Mala Junta – Vamos, La Mella – Feminista y popular, Mala Junta – Nueva Mayoría, La Jauretche, Las Alicias, Mujeres Socialistas, Juventud Socialista Córdoba, Partido del Trabajo y del Pueblo. CEPA. JCR, SOMOS. MAREA. BARRIOS DE PIE, Escuela de formación feminista Viviana Avendaño Del Frente Popular Darío Santillán, María Saleme, Martín Fresneda – Legislador Provincial.

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Mayca Balaguer, maycabalaguer@fundeps.org

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presented its Annual Report 2018 at the end of last month, in which it reports the work carried out throughout the year. This report constitutes the main instrument of accountability of the IACHR, as well as monitoring the human rights situation in the region and following up on its recommendations.

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Chapter IV consists of a descriptive panorama on the situation of human rights in the member countries, with a special emphasis on the rights and issues prioritized by the IACHR, as well as on transversal axes of Democratic Institutionality, Institutionality in Human Rights, Access to Justice and Citizen Security; and Right to the Environment.

Together with lawyers from the Argentine Northwest on Human Rights and Social Studies (ANDHES), we presented a shadow report on these axes in December of the last year in the subjects we work on.

In the report for Argentina, the Commission took the matters reported in the shadow report. In the general considerations, it paid particular attention to the concern shown regarding the bill on collective processes; the situation of the right to protest; mobilizations regarding the debate regarding access to women’s sexual and reproductive rights, as well as possible reforms that would restrict the scope of the sex education law. Reference is also made to the clashes between public authorities and indigenous communities; the economic and financial situation in general and its possible impact on human rights, and in particular. Special considerations were made about the situation of poverty that affects children; the appointment of a child advocate that is still pending; expulsions of migrants; and the conditions of detention that prevail in police stations.

In turn, regarding issues related to human rights institutions, the IACHR highlighted our concern about the lack of nomination of a titular person in the Office of the Ombudsman of the Nation, a position that remains vacant since 2009. He also collected our concern about the economic and financial situation of the country and its effects on institutions regarding the allocation of resources and the functioning of the various State entities responsible for the protection of human rights.

Regarding access to justice, the Commission took note of the concern we expressed regarding the Collective Processes Bill prepared by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of the Nation, which, if successful, could seriously limit the use and effectiveness of collective actions, by restricting the possibility of suing the State and companies in defense of collective rights.

Regarding the situation of women’s rights, the IACHR welcomed the approval of the protocol for the investigation and litigation of femicides in Argentina, celebrated the approval and entry into force of Law No. 27,452 “Brisa Law” that grants economic reparations to sons and daughters of victims of femicide in Argentina and welcomed the approval of the “Micaela Law”, which aims to train officials in gender violence.

However, the Commission stated that “it has continued to monitor the various obstacles that women, girls and adolescents continue to face in the exercise of their sexual and reproductive rights, as well as the mobilization and legislative debate to exercise them. “In addition, he pointed out that” given the resurgence of the debate on the reform of the Sexual Education Law (Law No. 6,150), proposals have also emerged to revise and reform it, some of which would have the purpose of limiting its scope and eliminating mentions dedicated to diversity of gender and sexual diversity, topics that are follow-up by the Commission in order to ensure that the reviews are carried out in line with the inter-American standards on the matter. ”

With respect to the right to the environment, the Commission stated that the State informed it about a National Plan of Action to Combat Desertification and that the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation has developed several communication channels within the framework of the National Law No. 25,831 in order to guarantee the right of access to environmental information. He also indicated that “the National Strategy for Environmental Education is being developed, a public policy that guides the bases for the construction of intersectoral programs in the theme to promote the action of individuals, groups and society as a whole for environmental care in its entirety. He also indicated that a National Cabinet on Climate Change has been formed, which is currently working on the articulation of mitigation and adaptation measures on the implementation of the National Determined Contributions of the country. Finally, there is also the generation of indicators for the management of biosphere reserves and private initiatives for the conservation of biodiversity. ”

Nonetheless, the IACHR was alerted to the use of agrochemicals, which is one of the most worrisome issues for the country, particularly because of the harmful effects on the lungs and skin; as well as the increase of conditions such as depression, seizures, immune and endocrine disorders. Inclusive attention was drawn to the increase in the number of people with cancer in the Cordovan town of Monte Maíz in the fumigation season.

For its part, the Special Rapporteurship on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (REDESCA) of the Commission presented its own report, highlighting the main data collected as concerns, regarding the situation of the DESCA considered in its generality in all the countries of the region. There, the Rapporteurship mentions again the situations reported in the shadow report related to the right to the environment and the right to health, particularly sexual and reproductive rights.

We celebrate the conclusions prepared by the IACHR and the Rapporteurship on DESCA and that have echoed the reports sent from civil society. We hope that the State has appropriated these recommendations and incorporates them in its design of public policies to improve the human rights situation in our country.