October 28, 2020

Salvadorans demand "efficient institutionalism" to eradicate violence

Salvadorans demand "efficient institutionalism" to eradicate violence



More than 200 women turned to the main streets of San Salvador today to demand that the State apply "an efficient institutional framework" to prevent and eradicate violence against women and build "a society with a gender identity".

"The institutions are not doing the work that they should so that society does not tolerate violence against women, nor promote actions to prevent and eradicate this phenomenon," Bruna Morena Murillo, an activist and spokesperson for this group of women, told Efe.

El Salvador is considered by Amnesty International (AI) as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women, since in 2016 and 2017 alone it registered feminicide rates of 16 and 12 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively, above that considered internationally as an epidemic.

Data from the Observatory on Violence of the Organization of Salvadoran Women for Peace (Ormusa) show that between January and August the Police registered 274 femicides and the trend indicates that 2018 will close again with epidemic figures.

Murillo said Monday that "Salvadoran women need institutions to function and fulfill their role" to "protect all those who are victims of violence, mistreated and violations of their human rights."

The representative also of the Feminist Resistance for the Life and Health of Women pointed out that entities such as the Police, the Prosecutor's Office, the Procurator for the Defense of Human Rights (PDDG) and the Judicial Branch "lack policies that guarantee well-being Women's".

"Many women who have suffered violence and have denounced the fact end up being killed, because the justice system lacks mechanisms to protect them from the aggressors, and when they realize the demand, they kill them," he said.

The activist sees it necessary for entities to review the work they are doing and "based on it, make an assessment if what is being done contributes to eradicating the violence suffered daily by girls, adolescents and women in this country."

The march of the Salvadorans, which took place within the framework of the International Day of Nonviolence against Women, departed from the vicinity of the Central Reserve Bank, addressing the Supreme Court of Justice, the Isidro Méndez Judicial Center, the National Institute of Legal Medicine and finally to the Legislative Assembly.

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