Puerto Rican feminists and transactivists proceed the struggle towards the gender violence epidemic

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Activists have been out within the streets Friday, in each one of many island’s municipalities.

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Christina Corujo, writing for ABC News, reported that “An uptick (in gendered violence) over the past 4 years had protesters demanding authorities motion.”

Greater than 100 days after declaring a state of emergency, Puerto Rico lastly can have some funding to handle 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 accepted a $7 million request by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi for use for various packages geared toward stopping gender-based violence.

“We favor the Fiscal Management Board’s determination to allocate the $7 million funds … 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 accepted simply $200,000. As a result of Puerto Rico goes by a chapter that started in 2016, the FOMB has the ultimate say in all financial selections 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. 

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Translation: “HOWEVER, it appears to us hypocritical for the Board to approve austerity measures that indicate CUTS to pensions, schooling, well being companies, public housing and labor rights. GENDER VIOLENCE IS STRUCTURAL.”

People led by the activist group, Feminist Collective, protest to demand Governor Wanda Vazquez to declare a state of emergency in response to recent gender based, femicides, assaults, and the disappearance of women in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 28, 2020. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)
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So whereas the Junta approved greater than the preliminary piddling peanuts, its members additionally seem to be speaking out of each side of their necks after they provide cash in response to the protests, and since the mainland media is now masking the story, whereas they concurrently try and 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, presents background on the difficulty.

This yr 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 yr, six transgender women have 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 the 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 understanding that so a lot of your compatriotas maintain such a deep hatred of ladies? How do you reside in peace once you usually 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 all the time males.)

The frequency of femicide in Puerto Rico is alarming, alongside of the variety of murders of transgender folks. This isn’t a brand new downside, neither is it solely an issue on the island, given the truth that it’s a world phenomenon.

What bothers me is that, although it has briefly turn 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 individual 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 can assist shine a highlight on not simply “perps,” and even the victims—we can assist increase the profiles of the teams who’re preventing this ongoing homicide epidemic, and assist them.

Two women hug as people led by the activist group, Feminist Collective, protest to demand Governor Wanda Vazquez to declare a state of emergency in response to recent gender based, femicides, assaults, and the disappearance of women in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 28, 2020. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s these teams who’ve pressured each Pierluisi, and The Junta, to handle the difficulty, and put some funds into the struggle.

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 here are some teams you may comply with; assist them by sharing their posts.  

The wrestle continues.

Pa’lante Puerto Rico. #NiUnaMas