Puerto Rico stated a state of emergency situation on Monday over its deep-rooted issue of violence versus ladies, producing new procedures that activists have actually demanded for many years to fight a lethal tide.
The US area has seen continual levels of violence that typically lead to one woman’s death weekly, a 2019 report stated, echoing the problem in other Caribbean and Latin American nations.
The statement, which is also to offer security to gay and transgender people, includes procedures like creating a mobile app for victims to demand aid and report attacks.
Authorities are to create a brand-new program to keep an eye on women who have taken out restraining orders versus abusers, and a brand-new committee will be responsible for enforcing policies and proposing other steps.
Puerto Rico Guv Pedro Pierluisi said the order aims to fight “an evil that has triggered too much damage for too long”.
” Victims have actually suffered the consequences of organized machismo, injustice, discrimination, lack of education, absence of guidance and above all lack of action,” he included a statement.
The statement specifies sex or gender-based violence as conduct that triggers physical, sexual or psychological harm to another person inspired by stereotypes.
Puerto Rico’s statement of a state of emergency over violence versus ladies has long been looked for by advocates, including at the September 2020 protest seen here AFP/ Ricardo ARDUENGO
According to a 2019 report from non-profit advocacy groups Proyecto Matria and Kilometro Cero, one woman is killed every seven days in Puerto Rico.
Latin America and the Caribbean are among the most unsafe regions for women.
Rights groups have drawn attention to the concern in recent years, staging protests and protecting crucial needs, such as the legalization of abortion in Argentina.
Puerto Rico’s statement comes just days after nurse Angie Noemi Gonzalez was eliminated by her hubby, who confessed the criminal activity, media reports stated, sustaining more regional issue about the violence.
Rights groups on the island invited the brand-new declaration, though not perfect, as a first step towards saving women’s lives.
Vilmarie Rivera, president of the Puerto Rico Domestic Violence Shelter Network, said “the federal government has actually recognized that there is a problem that we need to deal with as a concern.”
However, she included that details such as the method which femicides and transfeminicides are reported, in addition to the addition of gender problems in the school curriculum, require to be fine-tuned.
” Today is a great day for ladies, ladies and all the people who have thought in the statement of a state of emergency situation for gender violence, which we had actually been requesting for three years,” stated Lisdel Flores, director of Hogar Ruth, a shelter for females victims of violence.