Senator María José Pizarro proposes declaring a state of gender emergency in Colombia

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The proposal will be presented to the Women's Equity and Peace commissions in the Senate of the Republic in view of the increase in violence

Senator María José Pizarro proposes declaring a state of gender emergency in Colombia

Ibero-American Meeting of Progressive Women

This November 14 marks the Day of the Colombian Woman that commemorates the execution in 1814 of Policarpa Salavarrieta, the hero of independence. “See that, woman and youth, I have plenty of courage to suffer death and a thousand deaths”, are the last words that she is attributed to having said on her gallows. Women's struggles that were also remembered this weekend in Bogotá during the Ibero-American Meeting of Progressive Women.

“Before this moment, many fought, they left their lives, they the skin, many were left by the wayside”, said Senator María José Pizarro at the opening of the event, as a tribute to the struggles of women in the country, in front of a meeting with more than 300 national leaders and international guests from Spain , Chile, Peru, Argentina and Costa Rica.

From there, Senator Pizarro announced that she will seek to mobilize the national government, which she considers an opportunity, to develop forceful actions against gender-based violence. “Good intentions are no longer enough, which is why we propose declaring agender emergencyin the country articulated with the High Council of Equality for Women, so that forceful and immediate actions can be developed from the legislature to curb gender-based violence,” he said.

Senator María José Pizarro proposes declaring a state of gender emergency in Colombia

Ibero-American Meeting of Progressive Women

The senator of the Historical Pact will take the proposal for the declaration of a gender emergency next Wednesday, November 16, to the Legal Commission for Women's Equality and the Peace Commission of the Senate, which, according to her, is necessary in the face of the “epidemic of violence against women” given the increase in cases seen in the country.

“We have to launch a feminist emergency on the continent. We cannot allow the long tradition of exclusion and violence to continue to be present in the 21st century, and even less so when the continent is a progressive one,” Pizarro said. The Colombian senator argued that the more women gain power and leadership spaces, the more violence increases.

“The more we advance, the more forceful gender-based violence is,” said Irene Montero, Minister of Equality of Spain, who during her visit signed a memorandum of understanding with Vice President Francia Márquez and Minister Clemencia Carabali to that both countries promote equality and the fight against discrimination.

Senator María José Pizarro proposes declaring a state of gender emergency in Colombia

signing of a memorandum between Colombia and Spain to fight against gender violence and discrimination. Photos provided by the Vice Presidency of Colombia.

The event was a call for political and representative recognition of women, as well as victims of violence that go beyond numbers. For this reason, Pizarro questioned the fact that no mention was made of the role of his fellow bench member, Clara López, who was a speaker for the first policy of the national government, the tax reform, and led the last debate in the Senate.

< p class="paragraph">Even, Pizarro also called for a “fusion of all the parties that make up the Historical Pact into a single political force, which recognizes women and other population groups, to maintain their agenda in the national leadership and defend the spaces for participation.< /p>

“The agenda that we are defending is an agenda that deeply transforms our social model. It is not an addendum to the country model. It is at this moment the spearhead of the democratizing processes of our countries. Talk about the model of care and recognize that until now all our ways of organizing society, life and society have been based on the bodies of women”, said the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero.

In the framework of the event an act of violence occurred. Senators María José Pizarro and Aida Avella received a threat signed by the so-called Águila Negras group, which was repudiated and rejected by those present.

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