Paraguay Violence against Women

Paraguay’s Collective Commitment to Violence-Free Communities

Paraguay’s Collective Commitment to Violence-Free Communities

Governorates, municipalities, cooperatives, and the Ministry of Women unite to collectively eliminate violence against women in Paraguay. “The fight against violence is not solely the responsibility of institutions but of the entire society,” stated the Minister of Women.

 

 

Image Credit- Gobernacion de Boqueron 2023-2028.

 

With the firm purpose of combating violence, this morning at the Boquerón Governorate, the  Hogar Albergue para Mujeres Víctimas de Violencia was inaugurated.

The event was presided over by the governor of Boquerón, Harold Bergen, and the Minister of Women, Cinthia Figueredo.

Also present at the event were the first lady of the department, Rutti de Bergen; the Secretary of Women of the Governorate, Sonia Samudio; the Deputy Minister of Rights Protection from the Ministry of Women, Silvia Blasco; and the coordinator of the Regional Center of Filadelfia, Laura Florentín, along with other local authorities from the community.

 

 

Paraguay's Collective Commitment to Violence-Free Communities
Boquerón Inaugurates Shelter Home. Image Credit: Ministerio de la Mujer, Paraguay.

 

Shelter Management and Responsibilities

It is essential to highlight that in Law 5777/16 on “Comprehensive Protection for Women against all forms of Violence,” Article 26 specifies the responsibility of building and managing shelters lies with the governorates.

“With today’s inauguration, the Boquerón Governorate complies with this regulation,” reported the Ministry of Women in a press release.

Authorities Meeting

After the inauguration, a meeting was held among the authorities in the governor’s office. During the meeting, Minister Cynthia Figueredo praised Governor Harold Bergen’s commitment to supporting the initiative that had been in the works for several years and is now a reality.

She emphasized that the fight against violence is not solely the responsibility of institutions but of the entire society.

The Ministry will support the shelter’s needs, such as training.

Governor Bergen underscored the importance of working together to achieve a Boquerón free of violence, highlighting the family as the fundamental basis.

This action reflects a comprehensive step in the collective commitment to creating a violence-free community.

With this activity, the minister concluded a busy work agenda in the area, aiming to strengthen collaboration with all parties, whether institutions or alliances with the private sector, to benefit the women in the region.

 

 

Paraguay's Collective Commitment to Violence-Free Communities
Centro Regional de las Mujeres, Filadelfia. Image Credit: Ministerio de la Mujer del Paraguay.

 

Filadelfia, Boquerón Department

Continuing with the agenda of activities of the Minister of Women, Cynthia Figueredo, in the city of Filadelfia, Boquerón department, a meeting was held yesterday afternoon with the presidents of the Fernheim cooperative, Wilfried Duck; Chortitzer cooperative, Ronald Reimer; and Neuland cooperative, Heinz Alfred Bartel. Various topics were discussed, with a focus on strengthening support for the work carried out in this area, as well as the challenges faced.

 

 

 

 

Minister Figueredo expressed gratitude for the commitment of the cooperatives and urged them to participate in the Expo Foro Mujeres que Hacen in February, emphasizing the importance of working together to combat violence and strengthen institutions.

 

 

 

Cooperation and Social Service Access

This meeting marks a significant step towards comprehensive cooperation between cooperatives and the Ministry of Women to address social challenges and build a more equitable future.

Dr. Heinz Alfred Bartel, President of the Neuland cooperative, stated that their work is based on well-structured projects and a high commitment to social work. They have a social service office that supports families in situations of violence. It was mentioned that cooperation with the Governorate and the Municipality would be beneficial to enhance the impact.

Wilfried Duck, President of the Fernheim Association, highlighted the solid structure of the cooperative and the focus on social services, especially those directed towards families. There was an expressed interest in collaborating with the Ministry of Women in the fight against violence.

Ronald Reimer, President of Chortitzer, also mentioned that the cooperative has well-established areas and social services that focus on families.

Meeting with Elderly Women in Chaco

Later in the afternoon, a meeting took place at the Centro Regional de Mujeres en Filadelfia,, where Minister Cynthia Figueredo had the opportunity to hear the concerns and projects of a group of elderly community members, led by Esmilce Gómez, who mentioned the violence suffered by women in this age group.

 

 

Meeting with elderly community members in the Chaco. Image Credit: Ministerio de la Mujer del Paraguay.

 

A group of elderly individuals participated, exchanging ideas and discussing the importance of raising awareness about violence against women. One of the group’s interests is to receive support and resources for the well-being of its members.

The Ministry of Women committed to channeling the concerns and emphasized the importance of these groups, encouraging collaboration with the Centro Regional de Mujeres en Filadelfia, to be beneficial to the entire community.

 

 

Meeting with elderly community members in the Chaco. Image Credit: Ministerio de la Mujer del Paraguay.

 

Accompanying all activities in the ministry’s delegation were Silvia Blasco, Deputy Minister for the Protection of Women’s Rights; Yolanda Moro, from the General Directorate of Regional Centers and Shelters; and Laura Florentín, coordinator of the Regional Center of Filadelfia.

To learn more visit:

Gobernacion de Boqueron

Municipalidad de Boqueron

Ministerio de la Mujer 

 


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