Federalism, state autonomy and gender violence in Argentina

Federalism is attractive because it offers an analytic and a history of practices demonstrating the capacity to sustain toleration within polities of plural legal norms. Although it has been argued that federalism way favors the protection of rights and multiculturalism, it finds problems in the application of laws that establishes minimum levels of rights.

In 2009, the Argentine national congress passed a law that address the violence suffered by women. In effect, the law was enacted as a matter of public order and specifically establishes minimum levels of protection for women victims of gender-based violence.
Some provinces resist the application of this type of law, meaning that its implementationin certain jurisdictions is stressed and fuzzy, causing severe situations of inequality between people living in different provinces. We conclude that the federalism is not enough to satisfy the needs of vulnerable groups, demanding articulation between the national State and local units.