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La Iniciativa Iberoamericana para Prevenir y Eliminar la Violencia Contra las Mujeres (IIPEVCM) lanzó el Informe “La Violencia Económica y Patrimonial como Violencia de Género: Hacia la construcción de estrategias para fortalecer los derechos en Iberoamérica”. - Mujeres libres de violencia en Iberoamérica
The Ibero-American Initiative to Prevent and Eliminate Violence Against Women (IIPEVCM) launched the Report “Economic and Patrimonial Violence as Gender Violence: Towards the construction of strategies to strengthen rights in Ibero-America.”

It was presented at a virtual event on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

This document makes a brief conceptual approach to economic and patrimonial violence (EPV), going through the main historical milestones in its conceptualization at an international level. At the same time, the main aspects of the Seminar that gave rise to this product are developed, according to the panels carried out, addressing everything from its manifestations, institutional frameworks to prevention strategies identified in Ibero-America; the difficulties for access to justice faced by women; and the strategies for the realization of their rights, the role of the State from the domestic and regional point of view; the distribution of care in homes and the impact of policies to reduce time poverty and build autonomy for women. It also presents the main challenges and critical knots identified in Ibero-America.

The Report was prepared through a consultancy and had the collaboration of the Technical Secretariat of the Initiative (IIPEVCM), with the technical support of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)and financial support from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).  

The opening of the event was led by the following authorities: the Government Delegate against Gender Violence of Spain and President of the IIPEVCM, María Victoria Rosell Aguilar; the Undersecretary of Special Programs against Gender-Based Violence of the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity of the Argentine Nation, Carolina Varsky; and the Secretary for Cooperation of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), Lorena Larios.

The President of the IIPEVCM highlighted that the presentation of the main results of the Report and the diverse experiences of the countries in the field of economic and patrimonial violence, illustrates the importance of this Initiative, that is, “it allows us to strengthen the link Ibero-American that unites us; strengthen feminist networks to work in cooperation and take advantage of these spaces for dialogue to learn from each other. Seeing where we started from, and also where our colleagues from other countries in the region have reached, we can all take note and continue to give impetus to the actions that, day after day, bring us a little closer to the reality that our societies deserve: a “life free of violence against women.”

Likewise, from the SEGIB, the Secretary for Cooperation emphasized that economic and patrimonial violence against women is a type of violence that goes unnoticed, and that, therefore, is difficult to identify, and represents a clear form of control over women to hinder their economic empowerment.

In relation to the main results of the Report, it is stated that VEP against women constitutes one of the most common forms of gender-based violence and has, at the same time, been one of the most invisible forms of violence in judicial systems. regulations and in the regional public institutions, until not long ago. In this regard, the IIPEVCM has the potential to become an effective workspace for addressing these challenges and working to develop strategies aimed at alleviating VEP.

Among the main challenges, presented and identified to advance in the prevention and eradication of VEP, the following are mentioned:

  • The need to strengthen regulatory and institutional frameworks, to consolidate functional strategies in the human development of VEP-free women.
  • The urgency of ensuring efficient and effective access to the judicial system for all women, to guarantee fair and equitable attention in the respective processes in cases of violence.
  • The need to incorporate a transversal and intercultural gender perspective in all structures of the State and the Judicial System, to ensure that care during and in all stages and institutions of the care system is with a comprehensive, transversal and intercultural perspective. sensitive to individual cases.
  • The relevance of centralizing the care agenda, to make visible the contribution and vital preponderance of care tasks with the approach, prevention and elimination of VEP at the regional level.

Access the full report here.