In Argentina femicide, the killing of women, it’s a new category of crime recorded in the Criminal Code in 2012 and it’s punished by life imprisonment. Despite the tightening of legislation, murders of women are increasing in the country. Currently, according to statistics, a woman is killed every 18 hours.
In the spring of 2015, there had been a succession of atrocious crimes against women in all the country. In those days it was created Ni una menos, a protest movement against gender violence. It was first manifested on June 3, 2015, repeating itself three times in 2016 till the march 8, 2017 historical women’s international strike where 400.000 women marched in Buenos Aires. The movement has spread to other Latin American countries, Europe and USA.
The problem is unfortunately common in all the country and particularly serious in the many slums of the cities where criminality is very high and the youngster are in danger. In these places traditional domestic rules and patriarchal composition of society support the violence. Often young girls leave family home in which they suffer domestic violence for a love affair with people belonging to gangs who introduce them to the world of drug or they become victims of human traffic, kidnapped and forced to prostitution.
Frequently girls between 13 and 16 get pregnant. Often police doesn’t take reports, corruption is very common and women suffer domestic and psychological violence for several years.
My goal is to continue documenting this topic in Latin America. The common line that sadly connect many countries is violence in all its aspects (domestic, psychological, physical, economic, institutional, cultural). I strongly believe that it’s very important to give visibility and voice to victims who doesn’t have it, inspiring more of them to come forward to tell their stories and bring pressure on the governments.
Karl Mancini is an Italian-Argentine documentary photographer based out of Rome. He studied photojournalism in New York at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Since 2001 he has worked in more than 90 countries, with a particular preference for Asia and South America, as a freelance photojournalist and writer, following socio-historical and political events and focusing on issues such as violence against women, war aftermaths, minorities, human rights, migration, the tragic story of landmines (to which he has dedicated years of work) and genocide, which he reported on from eight different countries. His longterm work “Ni una menos” about the feminicide and the violence against women has been shortlisted at the Sony World Photography Award 2017 in the Current affairs & news category, won the second prize at the Kolga Awards 2017 and was finalist at Lugano Photo Days 2017. His works have also been exhibited in USA, England, Russia, Australia, India, Japan, Italy, Greece, Switzer- land and in many important international festivals, earning awards as IPA Awards, MIFA Awards , TIFA Awards and IPOTY. His stories have been featured in some of the most prominent magazines and newspapers from all over the world and he regularly collaborate with International NGOs and international magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, Stern Magazine, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Der Spiegel, CNN, Internazionale, Amnesty International Wordt Vervolgd, El Pais, Io Donna, NZZ am Sonntag, Woz, il Venerdi, La Repubblica and many others. In 2014 he was selected as one of the Emerging European Talents by the online magazine LensCulture and was one of the finalists at Portfolio Italia-Fiaf. In 2015 he published a book, ITALIANSKIJ, about the Italian community in Crimea persecuted during the Stalinian Purges. Since January 2014 he has collaborated with the Echo Photojournalism, and in 2015 he has been appointed staff photographer.