Presentation of the report, ‘Steps towards the eradication of gender-based violence in Ibero-American cities’

On 7 November at 6pm, there will be the presentation of ‘Avances hacia la erradicación de la violencia de género en las ciudades iberoamericanas’ (Steps towards the eradication of gender-based violence in Ibero-American cities), a report coordinated by the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI) and prepared jointly by 22 cities. The event will take place at Casa del Lector (Room 8) in Matadero Madrid, within the framework of the 2nd World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace.

The background and context for the discussion will be presented by Raquel Martínez-Gómez, UCCI Coordinator of Culture. The content of the report will be presented by the Head for Equality at Iniciativas-CSE and co-author of the text, Isabel Soriano.

In addition to the report, programmes from La Paz (Bolivia) and Ciudad Juárez (Mexico) to combat gender-based violence will be presented. The Secretary for Education and Culture of the City of La Paz, Heidi Mendoza, and the Coordinator of Resilience of Ciudad Juárez, Verónica González, will deliver talks.

About ‘Steps towards the eradication of gender-based violence in Ibero-American cities’:

Legal developments are crucial to implement longstanding public policies granting rights to individuals. The analysis of the documents submitted by the 22 UCCI cities that produced the report shows that, besides national regulations, local governments have adopted local rules in their role as administrations, service providers and promoters of rights that are closer to the people. Each programme is set in a different context that varies with the political and administrative characteristics and competencies of each city.

In general, big steps have been taken in the last decade or so regarding the implementation of regulations on equality. Furthermore, efforts have been made to prevent and stop violence against women and girls. Although in some cities they still use terms such as ‘domestic violence’, which have fallen into disuse elsewhere, most of them show concern about intimate partner violence, harassment, sexual assault and human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, and have taken action to close the gender pay gap or promote the institutional use of inclusive language.

However, it is worth noting that there is still a gap between legislation and enforcement or assessment in state practice. Not only political will is required to ensure compliance with the law, but also human and material resources to offer the citizen and technical services covered in the regulation. Every step cities take to stop violence against women is well received and celebrated. However, we must continue to bring obstacles and limitations on the matter up for discussion.