Javier Milei's Presidency: Assessing the Risks to Minority Rights and Working Class in Argentina's Shift to Far-Right Governance.

Javier Milei’s Presidency: Assessing the Risks to Minority Rights and Working Class in Argentina’s Shift to Far-Right Governance

The rise of far-right libertarian Javier Milei in Argentina signals a potentially turbulent future for minority rights and the Argentine working class.

The election of the radical right-wing economist Javier Milei as president of Argentina has sent shockwaves through the nation [1]. Milei, a self-described anarcho-capitalist, has promised drastic changes to tackle Argentina’s economic crisis [2]. However, his policies could have severe implications for minority rights and the country’s working class.

Milei’s economic proposals, rooted in laissez-faire economics, are fraught with risks [1]. His plans to abolish the central bank and dollarise the economy, while seemingly simple solutions, will likely cause more devastation in the real world [1]. Economists warn that these measures could result in significantly increased social tensions and conflict [1].

Furthermore, Milei’s social conservatism raises concerns about the future of minority rights in Argentina. He opposes abortion rights and has called climate change a “lie of socialism”. His ties to the American right further underscore his far-right leanings.

The Dismantling of Gender and Diversity Policies under Milei’s Government: A Threat to Argentina’s Progress

The rise of Javier Milei in Argentina has brought a wave of changes, particularly in gender and diversity policies.

These policy changes, while they have marked Milei’s ascension to power, have been radical [4]. Among the most concerning of these are the dismantling of gender and diversity policies, the Comprehensive Sex Education law (known as ESI), and the Ministry of Women [4].

Milei’s government has proposed the closure of the Ministry of Women, Gender, and Diversity [4], a ministry established in 2019 to oversee public policies affecting women and sexual minorities [5]. This move has been criticised widely, as it threatens to undo years of progress in the fight for gender equality [4].

Javier Milei

The ESI law, which mandates teaching cultural, social, and identity aspects of sexuality in schools, is also under threat [4]. Milei’s administration has expressed opposition to this progressive law, arguing that sex education should be based on biological content rather than the teacher’s ideology [4].

The potential consequences of these policy changes are far-reaching. The dismantling of gender and diversity policies could lead to increased discrimination and violence against women and sexual minorities. In Argentina, a woman is killed every 35 hours due to gender-related violence [6][7]. In 2021, a total of 256 murders were classified as femicides [7].

The closure of the Ministry of Women, Gender, and Diversity could also have severe implications for the fight against gender-based violence. The ministry plays a crucial role in implementing policies to combat violence against women and sexual minorities [5].

The threat to the ESI law is equally concerning. As previously mentioned, comprehensive sex education is essential for promoting respect for diversity and preventing gender-based violence. Without it, young people may not have the knowledge they need to navigate their sexual and gender identities safely and respectfully [4].

The policy changes proposed by Milei’s government represent a significant threat to gender and diversity rights in Argentina. These issues must be brought to the forefront of public discourse to ensure that the progress made in recent years is not undone.

The Rise of Radical Right-Wing in Argentina

Milei’s plans to slash government spending by closing Argentina’s culture, education, and diversity ministries and eliminating public subsidies could have dire consequences. These cuts would likely increase already high levels of poverty and inequality [4], affecting the most vulnerable sections of society, including minorities and the working class.

The potential impact of Milei’s policies on the working class is particularly concerning. His desire to drastically reduce state expenditure on social programmes could significantly reduce government spending [4]. This will likely increase poverty and inequality, leading to increased social tensions and conflict [4].

While Milei’s presidency may bring about drastic changes to Argentina’s economic landscape, the potential cost to minority rights and the working class is a cause for concern. The need for policies that protect the rights of all citizens and promote social equality is more important than ever, particularly as Argentina grapples with its financial crisis. It is crucial that the international community keeps a close eye on developments in Argentina and stands ready to defend the rights of minorities and the working class.

The election of Javier Milei serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers of far-right governance. As Argentina embarks on this new chapter, the world watches with bated breath, hoping for a future that upholds the rights of all citizens, regardless of their social or economic status.


[1]  Argentina election results: Milei wins, Massa concedes in presidential run-off vote | CNN

[2] Argentina presidential election: far-right libertarian Javier Milei wins after rival concedes | Argentina | The Guardian

[3] https://politicaobrera.com/10605-un-menem-con-peluca

[4] Why women’s votes could make or break Milei’s victory in Argentina’s elections – Buenos Aires Herald

[5] Ministry of Women, Genders and Diversity (Argentina) – Wikipedia

[6] One femicide every 35 hours in Argentina last year | Buenos Aires Times (batimes.com.ar)

[7] Number of femicide victims in Argentina 2022 | Statista