The Ministry of Equality and the communities have reached an agreement this Thursday to make the State Pact against Gender Violence permanent and shield the regional policies linked to it. The agreement has been adopted unanimously. With the support also of the autonomies governed by the Popular Party. And it occurs after the cascade of ambiguous messages, criticism of equality policies and interested confusion between the sexist and intra-family violence of the popular in recent weeks and coinciding with the government pact in Castilla y León with the extreme right of Vox, that raises this speech.
Feijóo adopts Vox’s speech: if a father kills his children “because of a problem” with his partner, “it is not sexist violence”
Last week, the parliamentary spokesperson and next general secretary of the PP, Cuca Gamarra, called for the elimination of the Ministry of Equality, although “this does not mean asking for equality policies to disappear,” she added. Just a few days before, the next president of the PP, Alberto Núñez-Feijóo, denied the sexist component of the vicarious violence, and the Andalusian Minister of Health defended the use of “intra-family violence” instead of “gender violence”. Both mended themselves afterwards.
“In recent weeks we have witnessed very worrying statements by different institutional representatives,” said Ángela Rodríguez, Secretary of State for Equality. “All the representatives of the institutions that represent the Sectorial Conference agreed that it was necessary to show the public that there is an agreement here and convey an important message to women: the State Pact against Gender Violence is going to be permanent and all the governments of the communities and the Government are going to work to make it happen”, he added.
Rodríguez has highlighted that the extraordinary sectoral conference that the Senate has hosted this Thursday has been “an island in a sea of criticism of equality policies” and has transferred that the harmony “has been maximum” among the councilors with powers in equality ” regardless of the political color of each one”.
A few hours after Feijóo is proclaimed the new leader of the PP, the Secretary of State has challenged him to “make the appropriate decisions to continue protecting the victims” and “stop fooling around with the possibility of playing into the hands of the anti-democratic forces ”. In addition, she has recognized the “brave women of the PP” who “are fighting for these policies” while listening to their advisers say that sexist violence does not exist “.
Ensuring sufficient funding
The unanimous agreement that came out of the meeting involves the creation of a working group to articulate the renewal of the State Pact against Sexist Violence in compliance with the opinion agreed by all the parties, with the exception of Vox, on 25N. The commitment is that in June, the group has on the table the conclusions and an agreement proposal.
The commitments that Equality has reached with the communities go through putting in place mechanisms that guarantee budget stability and “a stable and sufficient financing system” that allows equality policies and projects to be maintained over time. It is also planned to improve the co-governance system to respond quickly to crisis situations, such as the pandemic or the invasion of Ukraine, or to implement policies to improve the early detection of sexist violence.
The proposal made by the working group should also focus on the new manifestations of violence, for example digital or economic violence, and pay special attention to victims who “have not always been at the center of public policies” , among them, women of color, homeless, older or from rural areas.
The Ministry of Equality has also transferred to the autonomous communities the measures incorporated in the shock plan approved this Tuesday by the Council of Ministers in the face of the situation arising from the war in Ukraine, among which the accreditation for victims of trafficking who proceed from the country. “Until now it depended on collaboration with the Police, which made it very difficult for them to access the resources and rights they have as victims,” Rodríguez explained about the paradigm shift that this policy entails.