Puerto Vallarta creates Gender Alert program

To continue making progress in the prevention of gender violence in Puerto Vallarta, the State Commission of Human Rights in Jalisco (CEDHJ) in coordination with the Municipal Government, formally created a specialized group that will give attention to this type of crime.

Paulina Hernández Diz, a collaborator of the Specialized Rapporteurship on Human Rights and Gender of the CEDHJ, indicated that in a working meeting with municipal officials from the different areas of the City Council, the Specialized Group was formally installed that will give attention to the Report made by the commission in this matter.

The Mayor of Puerto Vallarta condemned the report when it was released earlier this year and accused media outlets of ‘fake news’, suggesting that gender violence was not an issue for Puerto Vallarta and the report had been misrepresented.

The new program will be a comprehensive plan, which includes various institutions and government agencies, clearly taking responsibility for what activities each one should carry out to reduce cases of gender violence.

The guidelines that the gender violence alert has, mainly focus on family, sexual violence, the disappearance of women and trafficking for sexual exploitation, so that efforts will be focused on these criteria in order to have specific indicators on the actions to be followed in each instance to address this problem and the protection orders.

The representatives of the ECHR announced that the next meeting will be held in August, where the program will be formally presented, since the commission will request the information officially, and later there will be monthly meetings to publicize the advances made in the matter.

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