The National Assembly’s Subcommittee on Women and Gender Equality reports that during the first week of 2020, eight women’s murders have been reported in Venezuela.
Through a communiqué issued by this sub-commission, chaired by Deputy Manuela Bolívar, a wave of violence against women has been denounced, which has claimed the life of 9-year-old Anubis Contreras in the state of Mérida, as well as the murder of 16-year-old Geraldine Quintero, a 5th year student at the Holy Family School in the state of Mérida whose body was burned.
Here’s the statement:
Caracas, January 9th, 2020
As of January 8th, 2020, there have been eight reported feminicides in Venezuela. On average, one murder per day is committed against women for reasons of gender.
On January 7th, the body of Anubis Manantial Contreras Peña, 9 years old, was found in the state of Mérida. The girl was raped and murdered. The next day, January 8th, the burned body of a teenage girl, Geraldine Quintero, 16 years old, a 5th year student of the Colegio Sagrada Familia, was found also in Mérida. Her disappearance had been reported two days earlier.
In addition to these two confirmed feminicides in Mérida, the whereabouts of 21-year-old Lisbeth Chindoy, who has been missing since January 2nd, 2020, are unknown. On the other hand, the case of a 16-year-old girl in the town of Tovar, Mérida State, who was raped with intent to kill, was also known.
From the Subcommittee on Women and Gender Equality of the National Assembly we strongly condemn this wave of violence against women through feminicide, sexual violence, rape and torture that has intensified as a consequence of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency and the lack of public policies, impunity and procedural delays in our country and even more seriously, the violence driven by those who today usurp power, promote misogyny and reinforce gender stereotypes that result in violence and murder.
Gender-based violence against women is a crime in Venezuela as stipulated in the Organic Law on the Right of Women to a Life Free of Violence. Consequently, the bodies in charge must act to obtain justice, reparation and prevention of cases such as those we have been denouncing.
It must be a priority for State institutions at all levels to protect and guarantee the lives and rights of women, adolescents and girls and to fight to change practices that generate segregation and discrimination based on gender issues that LGBTI women and people suffer today.
From the National Assembly we are committed to generating legislative measures and actions for the guarantee and full recognition of the rights of all women and the fight against gender violence. For this reason, together with the organization Transparencia Venezuela, we are making available the “Dilo Aquí” (Say It Here) complaints centre by telephone: 0412-3122629 and by email [email protected] to denounce any type of male violence that in 2020 already plastered the homes of 8 Venezuelan women and by 2019 had claimed the lives of more than 140 women.
In Caracas, on January 9th, 2020.
Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Women and Gender Equality