Club Zonta de Caguas – part of a global organization of professionals that empowers women around the world through service and awareness – expressed alarm and dismay at the growing wave of femicides during the pandemic of COVID-19.
For the president of the organization, Maritza torres, society cannot continue to be “indifferent” to this problem. In addition, he assured that citizens also want to be part of the solutions and that they are willing to work on government initiatives.
“Today more than ever, in the context of a country that has to rethink the social dynamics that hide and allow violence against women, it is necessary that the government and civil society work hand in hand to protect and empower women. We have to accept the challenge of solidarity, not only women’s organizations, but all institutions, ”she said in written statements.
For her part, the president of the Club’s Public Policy Committee, Nina Valedon, stressed that it is necessary that a state of emergency regarding gender violence be officially declared, and that resources be allocated to educate the general public to modify cultural patterns that perpetuate micro-aggressions, discrimination and violence against women.
“The pandemic has particularly affected women who were already in situations of economic vulnerability and violence. This can force many victims not to report the abuse they are experiencing. It is necessary that, between the municipalities, the Legislature and the Executive can design a package of special aid for these cases ”, Torres added.
Zonta Club de Caguas is part of Zonta International, an entity that fights for a world where no woman lives in fear of violence and where all can reach their full potential.
“It is not a question of continuing to work on women’s issues as an isolated issue, but rather that we begin to consider how each situation or initiative affects women. The Creole economic stimulus package could well contain a special aid package like the one we propose, ”said Valedón.