SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 25 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, read this Thursday the institutional declaration of the Government on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in which gender violence is recognized as a “structural problem” and in which he undertakes to continue working “so that the violence stops.”
The declaration expresses the “condemnation of the different gender violence (psychological, physical, sexual, economic and vicarious)” and the commitment to “continue providing all the human and economic means necessary to combat it, taking into account the prevention, awareness, and assistance to women and minors who suffer from it, who survive it every day “.
The president read the main figures on gender violence in the Islands and assured that it is “a social evil that, in addition, in the face of any tragedy multiplies, amplifies and worsens, as we were able to verify during the period of isolation due to the social and health crisis of COVID-19 in 2020, and as sadly we can confirm it again by observing what happened recently on the island of La Palma “.
The Minister of Social Rights, Equality, Diversity and Youth, Noemí Santana, highlighted during her speech the fact that “in the last year there have been a reduction in murders due to sexist violence, but it is still insufficient. We still have a lot to do.”
And he recalled that this year, with what happened in Tenerife, with the murder of Anna and Olivia, “all of Spain has known what vicarious violence means: that which seeks to harm the mother through minors”. “That event was not an isolated event and it happens more times than we know, more than we get,” he stated.
The director of the Canarian Institute of Equality (ICI), Kika Fumero, began her speech by saying that on November 25 “there is nothing to celebrate, yes to commemorate” and insisted on remembering that “love does not kill, affection does not kill”. Also that “good fathers do not mistreat mothers, that good fathers do not murder their daughters or sons, nor do they condemn them to live in homes full of violence and fear.”
During the event, the artist Ida Susal, who interpreted the songs ‘Bellas’ and ‘May be’, intervened and a group of minors painted a mural together with the artist Belén Déniz Martín BelDenMar.
During the first two months of the eruption of the volcano on the island of La Palma, gender violence has increased according to data issued by the Service of Attention to Women Victims of Gender Violence from 112, 119 alerts were received, 57% more than in the same period of the previous year.
In the breakdown of calls, 43 were emergency calls, which was 23% more than the previous year; 50 were urgent, 72% more and 26 information, 117% more. Emergency calls are those that pose an imminent danger to victims.