Peru Gov't seeks concrete measures to address violence against women

00:00 | Lima, Jul. 5.

The Government of Peru —from its highest level— condemns violence against women and pledges to tackle the problem with concrete measures, Women and Vulnerable Populations Minister Ana Maria Mendieta affirmed.

Speaking at a press conference after a Council of Ministers session on Wednesday, Mendieta informed the Executive Branch set up a high-level emergency commission to address issues related to prevention, assistance, and protection of victims of violence, as well as to strengthen communication practices.

The government official referred to the attack on Juana Mendoza, which took place June 29 in North-Andean Cajamarca city, describing it as brutal.

In this sense, she informed the Government has approved the protocol on femicide, attempted femicide, and high-risk partner violence.

This protocol will help assess the situation of women victims of violence so as to protect them effectively.

Moreover, the minister announced the National Police has deployed 100 officers to shield victims of violence. One of their tasks is to undertake home visits to verify they (the victims) are actually safe.

"Likewise, 41 Community Mental Health Centers will be implemented this year. Two are already operating, one in Ayacucho (region) and the other in Manchay (Lima)," she underlined.

According to Mendieta, her portfolio is working with men. This began with the establishment of the first male group northern Chiclayo city. Other 18 groups will be set up in different regions across the country before the end of the year.


Published: 7/5/2018
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