Hola chicas, ¿qué pasa?

From Latin America and France to India and more recently Turkey, the past few weeks have seen a surge in feminist movements across the world. At the root of this latest anti-patriarchy wave is the all-too-catchy ‘Un violador en tu camino’ (‘A rapist in your path’ in English) song, composed by Las Tesis, a Chilean collective fighting for women’s rights in the South American country. The song and uncomplicated choreography were first performed publicly in line with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women celebrated on 25th November and is now going viral.

How did it all start?

On the 20th November, the four Las Tesis women gathered blindfolded in the streets of Valparaíso and started dancing and singing to denounce violence against women and their curious dance moves arouse the curiosity of some passers-by who quickly joined them. The little act was followed by a major event in the capital city Santiago some days later with the participation of thousands of women voicing their anger against social institutions. This was the beginning of more than a mere street-Zumba session; it was, rather, the birth of a social movement.

Protestors taking to the streets to denounce violence against women.

The rationale is simple: too many women are still victims of male violence and this sombre reality is experienced by 1 in 3 women and girls; although male victims should not be forgotten, they are statistically less likely than women to be killed by their partner or a family member according to the United Nations (UN).

A Rapist in Your Path

With ‘Un violador en tu camino’, Las Tesis sought to use media platforms to send a universal message which has no borders: the victims are not the ones to be blamed, and society should not try to justify one’s violent behaviour. This goes in line with the recent ‘Harassment Awareness Campaign’ organised by the Student Association (SA) on the UNM campus. Such infringement of human rights can happen to anyone- a friend, a cousin, a teacher.

Arguably, it will take time to eradicate such a large-scale issue; governments and authorities have the power to establish structures to curb this social ill. But most importantly, it is our responsibility as future parents to educate our children about the need to respect everyone and to treat others the way you want to be treated. And sometimes, a song can help in this sense.

Turkish parliamentarians chanting the hymn.

Here are the original and translated lyrics of
‘Un violador en tu camino’:

El patriarcado es un juez
que nos juzga por nacer,
y nuestro castigo
es la violencia que no ves.
El patriarcado es un juez
que nos juzga por nacer,
y nuestro castigo
es la violencia que ya ves.
Es feminicidio.
Impunidad para mi asesino.
Es la desaparición.
Es la violación.
Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba ni cómo vestía.
Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba ni cómo vestía.
Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba ni cómo vestía.
Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba ni cómo vestía.
El violador eras tú.
El violador eres tú.
Son los pacos,
los jueces,
el Estado,
el presidente.
El Estado opresor es un macho violador.
El Estado opresor es un macho violador.
El violador eras tú.
El violador eres tú.
Duerme tranquila, niña inocente,
sin preocuparte del bandolero,
que por tu sueño dulce y sonriente
vela tu amante carabinero.
El violador eres tú.
El violador eres tú.
El violador eres tú.
El violador eres tú.
Patriarchy judges us
For being born,
And our punishment
Is the violence that you don’t see.
Patriarchy judges us
For being born,
And our punishment
Is the violence that you can see.
This is femicide.
Killing me with impunity.
We are disappearing.
We are being raped.
And don’t blame it on me, nor on the place, nor on my clothes. 
And don’t blame it on me, nor on the place, nor on my clothes. 
And don’t blame it on me, nor on the place, nor on my clothes. 
And don’t blame it on me, nor on the place, nor on my clothes. 
The rapist was you.
The rapist is you.
The police,
The judges,
The State,
The President.
The oppressive state is a macho rapist.
The oppressive state is a macho rapist.
The rapist was you.
The rapist is you.
Sleep tight, innocent girl,
Don’t worry about the bad guys,
Your loving protector
Looks out for your sweet and restful sleep.
The rapist is you.
The rapist is you.
The rapist is you.
The rapist is you.

Written by Bénédicte Anthony

References
Elpais | United Nations | BBC | Straits Time | Eldiario
Song: Un violador en tu camino