Thursday, February 2, 2023

Chile proposes pension for children of femicide victims

SANTIAGO ( Associated Press) – Chile’s President, Gabriel Boric, has hinted at a bill that would consider pensions for children in cases of femicide victims, in commemoration of the National Day Against Femicide, at the same time When he promulgated the law which symbolized anti-feminine suicide.

The President asked for inclusion of assistance for daughters and sons of femicide victims below 18 years of age in the compensation bill for victims of femicide.

The announcement was made during the promulgation of legislation that defines crimes to include suicide and feminized suicide, a regulatory response to the emblematic case of Chilean Antonia Barra, a 21-year-old girl who committed suicide in 2020 after being raped. He had to face public embarrassment after being a victim.

President Borić promulgated legislation, known as the “Antonia Law”, which filled this legal gap. She was accompanied by the Ministry of Women, headed by Minister Antonia Orellana, and Antonia’s relatives.

“I don’t have to be a victim myself, dedicate myself and lead a team to get justice for my daughter. My legacy is that institutions are responsible”, affirmed in his speech Alejandro Barra, Antonia’s father, who launched a campaign for justice after his daughter’s death. “Sometimes families break down and stop seeking justice because they don’t believe in the system,” he said.

The project also envisages taking evidence to avoid re-victimization of women so that this incident is not repeated umpteen times in the judicial process.

“Femicide is a serious violation of women’s human rights and a form of discrimination and oppression against them,” Borik said. “When a woman is a victim of feminism, her entire family environment suffers, especially her sons and daughters,” she recalled. Many times in these cases the children lose both the parents as one gets murdered and the other gets justice.

The pension is targeted for boys and girls below the age of 18 years who have lost their mother due to femicide. But Boric’s government has not specified the amount of the pension for these children, the requirements to be a recipient or the time frame by which the measure could take effect.

The prevention and elimination of violence in all forms against women must start first, Boric said, and address “the inequalities that affect them, discrimination, lack of access to justice”. The president emphasized measures adopted by his government, such as the creation of a national health care system aimed at redistributing responsibility for these, and improving women’s labor participation.

Between 298 and 900 frustrated women were murdered in Chile between 2015 and 2021, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics. 370 boys, girls and teenagers are victims of outright crimes and 1,604 are indirect victims of frustrated feminism.

In Chile, National Anti-Women’s Day is being observed since 2020 in memory of 6-year-old Javiera Neira Portas, who was murdered by her father in the midst of sexist violence.

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