Monday, October 2, 2023

Gareth Steven Sella, who lost an eye in protests, will be Petro’s new deputy youth minister

The appointments continue in the Ministry of Equality and Justice, led by Vice President Francia Márquez. This Monday it was announced that Gareth Steven Sella Forero, one of the young people affected by the police demonstrations in 2021, will be the head of the Vice Ministry of Youth.

The CV of Sella, who he said was injured in the left eye by members of the police’s Mobile Anti-riot Squad (Esmad), was published by the Presidency on the complainants’ website.

The young man will be responsible for three areas: for the effective exercise of rights and promotion of opportunities for youth, for social advocacy and for youth in peace.

At the beginning of August last year, Petro himself announced that he wanted a young man who had suffered injuries during the national strike demonstrations to be anointed for the position. At that time he defended the idea of ​​reducing bureaucracy and “filling the public administration with people”.

“We are thinking about who will be the person who will lead this. “I suggested that it is a person who lost an eye during the social outbreak and who, despite wanting to turn off the lights, is able to guide the youth like a lighthouse with the necessary clarity. “he explained in his second president Petro.

During an intervention in Congress in 2021, the next deputy minister explained that Esmad shot him in the left eye, which completely impaired his vision, just because he raised his voice against police brutality: “Hours later they ran to “To sell the people a false story.” “To discredit my image, to say that I am a vandal, to somehow justify that they have the right to mutilate Colombian youth,” he claimed.

The young man, 26 years old, studied film and television at the School of Arts and Letters. Although he has experience as an audiovisual producer through his work in the mayor’s office of Bogotá during the Claudia López era and in “Social Prosperity”, between 2019 and 2021 he served as creative director of his own production company called La Resistencia, from which he produced Complaints about social nature.

Last Thursday, September 14, Vice President Francia Márquez appointed anthropologist Diana Marcela Gómez Correal as Vice Minister of Women.

This is a department that will be responsible for developing policies to promote women’s rights, highlight their demands and eliminate gender-based violence.

In this sense, the government emphasized that the new deputy minister, who holds a master’s degree in history from the National University and is a professor at the universities of Andes and Javeriana, holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of North Carolina (USA). . At the professional level, the new official worked in the Bogotá Women’s Secretariat and in the women’s shelter.

Recently, the Vice President announced before Congress that the Department will have a budget of $500,000 million this year, including $30 billion for commissioning and $470 billion executed through the Overcoming Fund Population inequality and territorial inequality gaps, for three programs: Water is Life, Young Guardians of Nature and Women’s Economic Autonomy.

For 2024, $1.3 trillion is planned, the largest part – around $800 billion – for financing programs through the Gap Bridging Fund.

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