Sexist violence "has no age": Clotilde, 82, the first fatality of the year in the Canary Islands

Minute of silence called by the Arona City Council as a condemnation of Clotilde's sexist crime. / C7

Her 83-year-old husband stabbed her to death and then wounded himself in Arona. The couple lived in Vigo but spent long stays in Tenerife

The Government Delegation confirmed this Thursday the sexist murder of an 82-year-old woman, ClotildeWednesday in an apartment
in AronaTenerife,
at the hands of his partner, an 83-year-old man. The man, named Angel,
was transferred yesterday afternoon to police stations after being discharged from the hospital where he was admitted since he also inflicted some wounds with the same knife with which he murdered his wife.

"Sexist violence has no age," said yesterday the director of the Canary Institute of Equality (ICI)Kika Fumero. «I am very concerned because they are women with a special vulnerability such as age, aging makes us more defenseless.
This tells us that gender violence has no age, no nationality”Fumero abounded.

Care for the couple's daughter

The ICI has launched the resources of the Emergency Device for Assaulted Women (DEMA)
to care for the daughter of the couple from Vigo (Pontevedra) because "she is in shock"said the head of the Canarian Institute of Equality.

The victim and her murderer spent long periods in the south of Tenerife since one of her daughters lives in Arona. In addition, she has also contacted the public officials in Galicia so that they attend to the other daughter there of marriage.

Care for the couple's daughter

The neighbors alerted 112, which activated the arrival of the security forces and bodies, but when the health team came, they could not do anything for the life of the woman, stabbed to death, with which
So far this year there have been 14 murders of women at the hands of their partners or ex-partners in Spain, Clotilde being the first in the Canary Islands since 2021a year in which there were no fatalities in the archipelago for this reason, although two minors, little Anna and Olivia, were murdered by their father, also in Tenerife.

silenced violence

In Vigo, where the couple usually resided, there are no previous complaints of gender-based violence by the murdered woman. However, the Councilor for Equality
Council of TenerifePriscila León, has recalled the age of the victim and the education received.
“Of all the violence that women suffer, there is one that is very silent, that goes unnoticed: that suffered by older women, who were educated under a dictatorship and who have so assimilated violence that they are not aware that they suffer it”he affirmed, according to Efe, in the act of rejection organized by the Insular Corporation.

«We make noise to claim that this has to end, because in the face of the pain of the victims and their families we cannot remain silent. And because
Although many deny it, this is the cruelest face of gender violence: murder», added the counselor.

76 women murdered in the Canary Islands since 2003

Since 2003, according to data from the
Delegation against Gender Violence,
In the Canary Islands, 76 women have been murdered, 33 in the province of Las Palmas and 43 in that of Santa Cruz de TenerifeTwo of them were between 71 and 84 years old. Added to this statistic is now the murder of Clotilde, 82 years old.

According to Canarian law, which also counts murders in which the perpetrator is not a partner or ex-partner,
the number of femicides rises to 99. In addition, since 2013, eight minors have also been murdered in the Canary Islands and 47 throughout the national territory.

76 women murdered in the Canary Islands since 2003

Fumero also stressed that this Friday he will meet with the Government Delegate against Gender Violence, Victoria Rosell, to talk about
this sexist murder and also of Agelines, the 90-year-old woman murdered in the San Roque neighborhood, in the capital of Gran Canariafor his 78-year-old nephew, in case according to Canarian law it could be a sexist crime.

It is also worrying
the increase in sexist violence with minor victims, which rose 28.6% last yeareitheraccording to the National Statistics Institute.

«It corresponds to the data we have from the study we had done in 2020 on the perception of youth in the Canary Islands.
70% of the young women recognized that they knew of some case of gender-based violence among their peers. 20% recognized that they had suffered it in the first person and 22% of young people had exercised it with their partner. It was reflected in these statistics and it also corresponds to the pandemic, to the volcano and to the advance of a denialist far-right discourse that goes against human rights and the most vulnerable people," he added.

The Government delegate against Gender Violence, Victria Rosell. / C7

1,144 women murdered by their partners or ex-partners

The Ministry of Equality has updated the data on the fatalities of sexist violence with the incorporation of five cases (one in 2020 and four in 2021), and the confirmation of the sexist crime in Los Cristianos (Tenerife), with which the number of murdered by their partners or ex-partners since 2003 amounts to 1,144. The Government delegate against Gender Violence, Victoria Rosell, explained that there are already 1,144 women fatalities of sexist violence since the cases began to be counted. Among those she has added is one from 2020, so far under investigation. This is a 56-year-old woman, murdered in October in Logroño, which was initially considered a suicide.

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