Deputy UN chief hails ‘political courage’ of Latin American countries ‘to confront and end femicide’

In Mexico City,  an artistic installation consisting of a number of signs of Venus, representing women, stresses the magnitude of femicidal violence. (March 2018)UN Women/Dzilam Mendez

 27 Sep 2018

Deputy UN chief hails ‘political courage’ of Latin American countries ‘to confront and end femicide’

In Mexico City,  an artistic installation consisting of a number of signs of Venus, representing women, stresses the magnitude of femicidal violence. (March 2018)UN Women/Dzilam Mendez

In Mexico City, an artistic installation consisting of a number of signs of Venus, representing women, stresses the magnitude of femicidal violence. (March 2018)

A 50 million Euro investment aimed at helping to end the scourge of femicide – where women and girls are killed just because of their gender – was announced at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday, thanks to the ‘political courage’ of a group of Latin American countries, said the UN deputy chief.

 

Amina Mohammed was speaking at a high-level event to launch the Spotlight Initiative in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

 

She described the joint UN-European Union initiative as “a bold and comprehensive response to the tragedies that we see across the world every day”, aimed at ending violence against women and girls.

 

“These five countries have shown the political courage to confront and end femicide – a crime that claims the lives of 12 women a day, in Latin America,” said the Deputy Secretary-General.

 

“Given the pervasive, universal, and entrenched nature of violence against women and girls, we knew that we would need to combine our individual efforts if we were to succeed,” she added.

 

Latin America is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world and an astonishing 98 per cent of gender-related killings, go unprosecuted.

 

Ms. Mohammed said that the 50 million Euro investment would help tighten up laws and policy initiatives to curb unchecked violence against women and girls, strengthen institutions and promote gender equality overall.

 

It will also “provide quality services for survivors, and reparations for victims of violence and their families, producing disaggregated data so we can leave no one behind and empower women’s movements in the five priority countries.”

 

“Addressing femicide comprehensively from each of these angles is essential to successful and lasting results,” she added.

 

The UN deputy chief paid tribute to Mariana Lima – killed by her police officer husband in 2010 – and her mother, Irinea Buendía, who challenged the Mexican legal system for six years until her daughter’s murderer was brought to justice, and paid tribute to a survivor of a brutal attack, who was in the meeting at UN Headquarters, Natalia Ponce de León. She thanked her for her courage, “coming here to be with us to remind us that we will not stay silent until we end violence against women.”

 

“We need to end impunity for perpetrators and ensure that no woman or girl experiences violence either in the home, from a partner, or in any public space including from gangs, traffickers or others,” said Ms. Mohammed.

 

Jon Lansman Not for The Many but the Few.

Jon Lansman 3rd Place?

 

Labour NEC election. Top three positions are as follows:

1st Place, Yasmine Dar            88,176

2nd Place, Claudia Webbe       83,797

3rd Place, Jon Lansman            83,072               It may have something to do with his new found leanings to the right.

 

Labour NEC election results make a startling revelation, Jon Lansman came in 3rd place. That means he has lost his popularity and position as a leader this vote was before Momentum members found out he back stabbed Jeremy Corbyn. Think its time for Jon Lansman to step down or call out an election. His popularity will have further been reduced after the adoption of IHRA definitions in full.

“@jonlansman on Twitter

Margaret Hodge’s latest OTT intervention makes our task clear: (1) Do what we must to rebuild trust in the Jewish Community & move on (2) Transform the party – democracy, accountability, a mass movement (3) Stop the Tory Brexit ‘plan’, force a general election & transform Britain”

 

And what about other minorities Jon?     Where is the accountability for them?

For M Hodge’s OTT you would stop and go against the wishes of majority? Because that’s what you did during the NEC meeting. In arguing for the full adaption of IHRA code you failed to address very serious Muslim concerns on IHRA. Momentum members want to know why?  We wish to see the figures for your mandate in this case that  may have compelled you to argue for the case you did.

Any leader carries and argues mandatory, majority and not the few.  But that was Not the Case.