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Budget missing to address violence against women: NGOs

CSOs claimed lack of clarity in the budget to address violence against women and girls during the pandemic EFE / Archive
CSOs claimed lack of clarity in the budget to address violence against women and girls during the pandemic EFE / Archive

In the current health crisis, Civil Society Organizations (OSCs) They claimed the lack of a defined budget label to support shelters and care centers for girls and women victims of violence, especially due to the worsening of this problem during the quarantine closure..

At the national level, they would be around 50,000 girls and women victims of violence affected by the uncertainty surrounding the budget, according Wendy Figueroa, director of the National Shelter Network.

Although they held a meeting with federal authorities, CSOs reported that there was no clarity on the budget that the Mexican State has allocated to prevent and address violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 emergency.

CSO representatives had a virtual meeting with Olga Sánchez Cordero, head of Segob, but the budgets for addressing violence against women and girls were not clarified (Photo: Twitter @ M_OlgaSCordero)
CSO representatives had a virtual meeting with Olga Sánchez Cordero, head of Segob, but the budgets for addressing violence against women and girls were not clarified (Photo: Twitter @ M_OlgaSCordero)

The meeting took place last May 22 and had the participation of Olga Sánchez Cordero, head of the Ministry of the Interior, however, Amnesty International Mexico, Equis Justice for Women, the National Shelter Network and the Houses of Indigenous and African American Women (CAMIs); reported that austerity measures to deal with the pandemic do not include exceptions to expenditures for priority programs that prevent and eradicate violence against women.

Conversely, they criticized, there is a worrying criterion to allocate financing to flagship projects and programs of the federal government, such as the continuation of the Maya Train or the Dos Bocas Refinery.

Maïsa Hubert reproached that AMLO's flagship social programs do not have indicators of success or guarantee the reduction of the inequality gap in Mexico, but they do not stop receiving funding, as has happened with public policy to address violence against women.

AMLO has criticized the reference to calls associated with violence in confinement, because according to him, these are mostly false
PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS /CUARTOSCURO.COM

AMLO has criticized the reference to calls associated with violence in confinement, because according to him, these are mostly false
PHOTO: GALO CAÑAS /CUARTOSCURO.COM

A month ago, on April 23, the government that heads Andrés Manuel López Obrador published a decree that listed 38 priority programs that would not stop operating or have budgets suspended in order to address the health crisis. But the section “Defense of human rights” is not detailed in its budget coverage, which is why the CSOs demand precision, since in none of the points is there specific indication for policies that observe prevention and eradication of violence against girls and women.

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"There is no clarity on the resources to address violence against women, a problem that has been recognized as a pandemic by the United Nations"The CSOs referred to exposed this Monday in a joint statement.

Further, the groups in defense of girls and women considered it alarming that, at the meeting with federal authorities, they reported on the cancellation of resources for the program for Strengthening Indigenous Peoples, which includes financial support for CAMIs.

“We have more than 30 CAMIs with great affectation. We already have cases of contagion (from COVID-19) in some, "he said. Tania Reneaum Panszi, executive director of Amnesty International Mexico, in a press videoconference where they also participated Maïsa Hubert of Equis Justice for Women and Wendy Figueroawho presides over the la National Shelter Network.

Tania Reneaum Panszi mentioned that in CAMIs there are already cases of contagion and, most likely, other similar centers will close in the face of budget uncertainty (Photo: Twitter @ DannaZepeda_96)
Tania Reneaum Panszi mentioned that in CAMIs there are already cases of contagion and, most likely, other similar centers will close in the face of budget uncertainty (Photo: Twitter @ DannaZepeda_96)

"We need to have the response from Segob and the INPI, we cannot continue adrift putting all the partners at risk," added Reneaum Panszi.

Demanding a budget is not free, as CSOs emphasized that In the health emergency, violence against women has been accentuated by confinement, since they are locked up with their potential aggressors and, coupled with this, mobility restrictions have generated a decrease in support networksThat is, people or groups that could assist those affected.

For her part, Estefanía Vela Barba, from Intersecta, reported that phone calls related to violence against women were 21.7722.30 per hour last April, according to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System recently published on Monday.

The confinement has given rise to more violence against women, since they are locked up with potential aggressors and their support networks are diminished due to mobility restrictions, according to the CSOs (Shutterstock)
The confinement has given rise to more violence against women, since they are locked up with potential aggressors and their support networks are diminished due to mobility restrictions, according to the CSOs (Shutterstock)
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In this regard, the president of the National Refuge Network projected that the service for victims of violence could increase even more, after the quarantine has been lifted. In the meantime, women are protected not to expose themselves to the virus.

"There will be an increase in the demand for services after the quarantine has been lifted, (currently) they are afraid to leave their homes, they wait for the contingency to be liftedFigueroa said.

If the centers for women and girls victims of violence do not have a budget, the cessation of their operations will be inevitable, the CSOs warned.

CSOs also called for Chamber of Deputies to monitor the application of article 58 of the Federal Budget and Fiscal Responsibility Law, which contemplates an impossibility of reducing financial support directed to the attention of equality between women and men.

According to Wendy Figueroa, there will be more demand for attention to violence against women when the contingency ends, since currently, women are sheltered to avoid contagion (Photo: Twitter @ COPRED_CDMX)
According to Wendy Figueroa, there will be more demand for attention to violence against women when the contingency ends, since currently, women are sheltered to avoid contagion (Photo: Twitter @ COPRED_CDMX)

"We make an energetic call to the deputies and deputies to monitor the permanence of the resources of the Expenditure Budget of the Federation, aimed at preventing and addressing violence against women," said the groups.

Consequently, CSOs requested that The next meeting with Segob will involve the Ministry of Finance to define the expenses of the eradication and prevention of violence against women policy.. This meeting will be in June and on a date to be established.

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