Laila Garzon DeguerARGENTINA
SECTION OF DRESS: AL
Pro-choice rights for women in Argentina
Laila met Kirstie at a Red Dress embroidery event on International Women’s Day at Bristol City Hall in 2020. She was also taking part in the event - highlighting the work of the charity Aborto Legal (based in Argentina) to the British public.
Since the return of democracy in 1983, the only option for desperate women seeking a termination were underground, unsafe procedures resulting in more than 3,000 deaths. The last 5 years has seen a huge surge in women’s rights groups around the country protesting for equality and justice for women. Primarily engaged in protesting against the abhorrent gender violence the movement soon encompassed demands for access to legal, safe and free abortion.
Aborto Legal came into being in 2005 with a commitment to defend the right to abortion, to educate, raise awareness and coordinate activities all over the country under the motto "Sex education to decide, contraceptives so as not to abort, legal abortion so as not to die ”
At the end of the Red Dress event Laila came into the embroidery room with a few minutes to spare - to add the AL motif on to the dress.
Since the Red Dress event, early in 2021 the landmark decision to legalise abortion was reached in Argentina. A momentous event for all women in the country and around the world. Huge congratulations to all at AL for all the important work you did to help raise awareness around the world.
If you would like to know more about Aborto Legal please see there website: http://www.abortolegal.com.ar/