April 14, 2021

Ibero-American cities denounce the level of "unacceptable" sexist violence

Ibero-American cities denounce the level of "unacceptable" sexist violence



The levels of sexist violence in Ibero-American cities are "unacceptable" and the municipalities devote little budget to fight it, according to a study by the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI) presented today in Madrid.

"The levels of violence suffered by women and girls in Ibero-American cities are unacceptable," said Pablo Martínez Osés, director general of the UCCI, who has defended this study as an instrument for cities to fight against this scourge .

According to the report "Progress towards the eradication of gender violence in Ibero-American cities", ten of the main cities in the region spend less than three dollars per person per year to combat gender violence and promote equality.

Of these, and depending on the number of inhabitants, highlights Barcelona (Spain), with $ 9.14, La Paz (8.27) and Mexico City (8.18), while occupying the last positions Panama City, with 0.01 dollars per inhabitant, Lima (0.06) and San José (0.10).

Taking into account the municipal budget, the cities that make the most economic head are La Paz, which allocates 2.43%, Quito (2.26%) and Cádiz, in Spain (1.06%).

According to the study, femicides continue to be the "most brutal" manifestation of violence and occur more in the cities of Latin America, where they are "an unacceptable social scourge", than in Spain, Portugal and Andorra.

Bogotá, with 110 cases, Guatemala City, with 90, and Mexico City, with 37, are the cities that suffer more murders of this type, while Cádiz, with no case, Lisbon, with one, and Asunción with two, they are the ones that suffer less this type of violence.

The report also notes that each city "handles a different definition of femicide, so the information they collect is not homogeneous."

However, it recognizes that in the last decade most of the municipalities analyzed have achieved "great advances" in prevention, attention to victims and awareness for the eradication of violence against women and girls, "although there is still much to be done and there is a great disparity between cities.

The responsible for gender and diversity policies of the City of Madrid, Celia Mayer, has lamented that in many countries and cities policies against violence and equality are considered "secondary", for which few resources are dedicated.

The study involved 22 cities out of the 29 that make up the UCCI and is part of the "Campaign of Ibero-American Cities Free of Gender Violence" launched by this organization in 2017.

Within this campaign, next weekend several Ibero-American cities will illuminate their most iconic monuments in orange or purple.

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