The Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, said today that gender violence is "a form of totalitarian exercise of power" and requires the efforts of all administrations to put an end to it, since it is "a problem of conscience".
Women are subject to violence "only because they are women", which implies discrimination based on gender and a violation of human rights, the minister said during her speech at the presentation of the new Chair of Human Rights and Studies Critics of Gender of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Since 2003, the year in which the victims of sexist violence in Spain began to count, 971 women have died at the hands of their partners or ex-partners.
"We do not want to continue counting victims, we want to provide solutions," said the minister, who recalled that behind each woman killed there is a life cut and many victims collateral.
Delgado has expressed "the commitment of the Government with the victims, with the most vulnerable and Human Rights", something that is "a priority" for the Executive, in order that the Administration of Justice is "a true public service".
The minister stressed that Spain has been a pioneer in the fight against gender violence and must remain so, with the involvement of the entire society to end it.
He considers that "the mistreatment has ceased to be a private problem and has become a public and social problem".
"Gender violence is a matter of State, it is a violation of human rights" and the state pact to fight against it, which is "a great achievement", is "a priority for the Government," the minister insisted.
In his opinion, there is still much to be done and the gender perspective training of all judicial agents is fundamental.
Therefore, it will be included in the selective tests of judges and prosecutors and these professionals will be trained in the subject.
In addition, the Ministry incorporates this vision to the policies it develops to achieve "better justice", among other initiatives.
Delgado recalled that the EU has highlighted the paucity of studies on the perception of sexist violence among citizens, and how its elaboration allows to advance in the knowledge of the problem, to help guide public policies and to raise awareness among the population.
For this reason, it has celebrated initiatives such as the Chair of Human Rights and Critical Gender Studies of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which become "active agents of social awareness".
This chair, headed by magistrate Auxiliadora Díaz, head of the Violence Court on Women number 2 in the capital of Gran Canaria, will contribute to the training of students and practicing professionals on equality and fight against sexist violence, which requires the commitment of the whole society, said Delgado.
The Chair of Human Rights and Critical Gender Studies of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was created with the aim of helping in the implementation of public policies aimed at removing obstacles that impede real and effective equality between women and men, according to the University Center.
To do this, it will develop a training program in gender studies and human rights, promote research, advise on legislative proposals that are requested and edit publications related to the subject.