Defensoría complains over MEF's indifference towards gender violence

18 August 2018

The Ombudsman’s office (the Defensoría del Puebo), whose function is to stand up for the interests of ordinary people against the state, has issued a blistering comment on the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) for the wholly inadequate budget allotted to gender protection. According the Ombusdman, Walter Gutiérrez, only 0.1% of the budget is allotted to this end. “For the MEF it is not a priority to stand up and fight violence against women”, he is quoted as saying. 

Faced with an alarming increase in the numbers of women killed this year because of violence perpetrated against them (30 have died so far) Gutiérrez has appealed to Congress to assign more resources. He points to the apparent contradiction between President Vizcarra’s highlighting of gender violence in his annual speech to Congress and the MEF’s “lack of identification” with the issue.

Gutiérrez claims that the Defensoría has yet to receive its budget allocation this year to run women’s centres. The Ombudsman has also reported that the vast majority of women who have been victims of violence have little or no faith in the police in resolving their problems. Less than 30% of victims have sought help from any institution (including the police), according to a survey recently completed by the Defensoría. It argues that resources are required for special training programmes for members of the police force as well as to those administering the justice system. 

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