Slutwalk in Latin America
Slutwalks in Latin America were renamed “Marcha das Vadias” in Brazil and “La Marcha de las Putas” in most Spanish-speaking countries, sometimes using PUTAS as an acronym for “Por una transformación Auténtica y Social (For An Authentic Social Transformation)” Some countries like Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia were known to host simultaneous Slutwalks in different cities. In almost all countries, Slutwalks are repeated annually, although not always in the same cities. Some protests select their dates to match significant events such as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the World Youth Day.There were some interactions noted between the organizers in different countries. Organizers from Argentina had previously contacted their counterparts in Mexico and Venezuela through social networks, and artist Adriana Minolitti participated in Mexican Slutwalks before becoming an organizer herself at Buenos Aires. They were, in turn, contacted by organizers in Bolivia and Uruguay to get assistance. Also, the organizer of the national Slutwalk at Colombia had some previous interaction with organizers in Peru, and Argentine activist Leonor Silvestri travelled to Chile to help organize La Marcha de las Maracas in Santiago. In most countries, the LGBT community actively participated, and many protests were attended by sex workers, with others expressing their solidarity. There was also a common regional chant: “!Alerta, alerta, alerta que camina la Marcha de las Putas por América Latina!” (Alert! Alert! Alert, the sluts are walking to Latin America!).The Latin American protests shared the same purpose as those in other continents, but were additionally directed at local state authorities and members of the Catholic church whose public comments they saw as reinforcing gender stereotypes and a culture of violence against women. Protesters wore Catholic costumes in several countries, while many protests demanded a secular state and blamed the Catholic church for holding back women's rights. There were some exceptions like Colombia, where Catholics joined the protests. The Marcha das Vadias against the public spending for the visit of Pope Francis in Copacabana, Brazil, featured dissident Catholic groups marching among the protesters as well.Some protests evolved into permanent organizations, continued working throughout the year to combat violence against women, and participated or organized events other than the typical Slutwalks to raise awareness on sexual assault.