Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Ministry of Equality is born in Colombia

BOGOTA ( Associated Press) — Shrinking inequalities in Colombia is one of the main challenges leftist Gustavo Petro’s government seeks to address with an equality ministry that went into effect Wednesday with his president’s signature.

“For almost 200 years we had to wait for an institution that historically cares for people who experience oppression, discrimination, racism and poverty,” said Vice President Francia Marquez, the first Afro-American to hold the position. Descendants and who will head the ministry.

Official figures warn that at least 39% of Colombians – out of a population of 50 million – are poor, but the situation is worsening in some areas. In Choco, where the law creating the ministry was signed, poverty is 63%, the second highest percentage in the country.

From Itimana, Choco, mayor Hevar Córdoba asked the national government in the protocol act that his people supply a basic need: to have a hospital of medium complexity, as promised by successive governments in the region.

“We are not going to be naïve by signing this law, that for some automatic reason inequality is ending in the country,” Petro said leisurely. “The problem that the ministry keeps is in front, it is visible.”

The Ministry of Equality, which was approved by Congress in December 2022, aims to be the architect of public policies that guarantee special protections for the most vulnerable populations, such as women, the LGBTIQ+ population, Afro-descendants, indigenous peoples, farmers and victims. Of violence

For Márquez, narrowing the inequality gap is a necessary step in ending violence in the country, which persists despite the fact that peace was signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016 , who was a guerrilla. America. Other armed groups operate in the country, such as the National Liberation Army and the Clan del Golfo cartel.

“The bulk of armed conflict and violence stems from acts of injustice, inequality,” Marquez said, referring to more than five decades of internal armed conflict that has left at least eight million victims.

Márquez recognized that one of the nascent ministry’s main challenges would be having enough budget to meet the expectations of programs that include employment, education and access to basic services like drinking water. He assured that the government is coordinating the allocation of economic resources.

The ministry will have the task of clarifying pre-existing state efforts, such as institutions for children or women, indicated Petro, who is tasked with regulating the new ministry with the task of making it “effective.”

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