Activists had been out within the streets Friday, in each one of many island’s municipalities.
Christina Corujo, writing for ABC News, reported that “An uptick (in gendered violence) during the last 4 years had protesters demanding authorities motion.”
Greater than 100 days after declaring a state of emergency, Puerto Rico lastly may have some funding to deal with an alarming rise in gender-based violence on the island.
The Monetary Oversight Administration Board, which is accountable for the island’s funds, on Wednesday accredited a $7 million request by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi for use for various applications aimed toward stopping gender-based violence.
“We favor the Fiscal Management Board’s choice to allocate the $7 million price range … for the implementation of public coverage to eradicate sexist violence,” Colectiva Feminista, a community-based group, wrote on Twitter.[…]
After the state of emergency was declared and the $7 million was requested, the FOMB initially accredited simply $200,000. As a result of Puerto Rico goes via a chapter that started in 2016, the FOMB has the ultimate say in all financial choices of the federal government. The island has over $100 billion in debt and pension obligations.
Nonetheless, that was not all that Colectiva Feminista needed to say in regards to the information.
Translation: “HOWEVER, it appears to us hypocritical for the Board to approve austerity measures that suggest CUTS to pensions, schooling, well being companies, public housing and labor rights. GENDER VIOLENCE IS STRUCTURAL.”
So whereas the Junta licensed greater than the preliminary piddling peanuts, its members additionally seem to be speaking out of either side of their necks once they provide cash in response to the protests, and since the mainland media is now overlaying the story, whereas they concurrently try to slash main financial companies the island wants—which, because the Colectiva factors out, are a part of the basis causes of the epidemic of violence.
Andrea González-Ramírez, writing for The Cut, provides background on the problem.
This 12 months alone there have been at least 21 femicides, per the Puerto Rico Gender Equality Observatory; since 2010, more than 150 women have been killed by their intimate companions; and final 12 months, six transgender women had been murdered — the very best quantity in any U.S. state or territory. My yearlong investigation into gender violence discovered that in 2018, within the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the intimate-partner homicide fee in Puerto Rico spiked to 1.77 out of 100,000 — greater than double that of your complete U.S.
The horror of the latest killings and all of the violence I’ve reported on earlier than is etched into my mind. How do you make sense of loving your homeland whereas figuring out that so a lot of your compatriotas maintain such a deep hatred of girls? How do you reside in peace whenever you typically take into consideration the mujeres in your life and whether or not they’re secure? How do you carry the grief of dropping each cis, trans, nonbinary, straight, or homosexual lady who dies by the hands of males? (The perpetrators are nearly at all times males.)
The frequency of femicide in Puerto Rico is alarming, alongside of the variety of murders of transgender individuals. This isn’t a brand new downside, neither is it solely an issue on the island, given the truth that it’s a international phenomenon.
What bothers me is that, although it has briefly change into “headline information” within the U.S. mainstream media, it appears to solely be as a result of, within the newest brutal homicide on the island, the particular person arrested and charged with the homicide of his pregnant girlfriend is a sports celebrity. In some methods, he has garnered extra consideration than the lady who was killed.
Such is the character of the media, nonetheless we will do higher—we may help shine a highlight on not simply “perps,” and even the victims—we may help increase the profiles of the teams who’re combating this ongoing homicide epidemic, and help them.
It’s these teams who’ve compelled each Pierluisi, and The Junta, to deal with the problem, and put some funds into the combat.
I notice many readers right here and on social media don’t learn Spanish, and a lot of the posts from activists on the island are of their language. Listed below are some teams you’ll be able to comply with; help them by sharing their posts.
The wrestle continues.
Pa’lante Puerto Rico. #NiUnaMas