Government and PP have reached an agreement to renew the State Pact against gender violence. The negotiations, led by the ministry of Irene Montero and the Equality area of the PSOE with Pablo Casado’s party, have lasted until this Thursday morning. The intention since contacts were resumed was for it to be closed coinciding with 25N, the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The signing with the parliamentary groups will be attended by Pedro Sánchez and Irene Montero.
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The Government asked the parliamentary groups last week to update the opinion of the Pact against Gender Violence that was signed in Congress in 2017 and of which only 17% of the measures that it included remain to be completed. “It is time to reaffirm the political consensus for the eradication of all sexist violence,” said the Secretary of State for Communication in a statement.
The State Pact, ratified then by the parliamentary groups -with the abstention of Unidos Podemos-, expires at the end of 2022, so the Ministry of Equality and the PSOE saw it necessary to update it as soon as possible so that it is shielded. The PP had also called for its updating. Sources of the negotiation explain that “from the Ministry of Equality they have been talking for days with the PP and with all the groups and that Montero spoke directly with Casado so that the PP would be in the renewal of the Pact and start the negotiation so that it was so.” In the parliamentary sphere, the PSOE has also maintained contacts so that the agreement could go ahead, according to sources of the negotiation.
The objectives of the Government in updating the pact were to ensure its financing “and to offer stability to public policies that combat gender violence.” The Government’s proposal also included guaranteeing the financing of feminist organizations that fight against sexist violence with 1% of the pact’s funds, that is, two million euros. That has been the main stumbling block in the negotiations with the PP, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
The PP has joined the parliamentary majority to update a Pact that they defend as their own, since it was during the Government of Mariano Rajoy when it was approved and launched, although its execution was very limited. Last week elDiario.es already announced that those of Pablo Casado were willing to negotiate with the Ministry of Equality and the parliamentary groups of the PSOE and United We Can.
This Thursday, Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Casado has visited the headquarters of the ANAR Association -which, among other things, has a network of shelters for victims and their children- where he has assured that “it is something that has to be eradicated “and in which it is necessary to” go all together “. Precisely, this Thursday the PP has declared that “denying or questioning” gender violence “prevents solving a problem that requires the commitment of the whole of society.” In a manifesto by 25N, they state: “Without ambiguity or ambiguity, we have to denounce, prosecute and condemn gender violence, and we also have to educate against this violence.”
The manifesto comes a day after Vox prevented Congress from passing an institutional declaration against violence, which requires parliamentary unanimity. In fact, the far-right party has systematically blocked these pronouncements since it reached the institutions in 2019. But it is not only Vox that denies specific violence against women. The PP parliamentary exporter, Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, also does so in the autobiographical book that she has just published.