President Bernardo Arévalo leads the first ordinary meeting of Conaprevi

This commission will focus on the prevention, attention, and eradication of domestic violence and violence against women.

by Astrid Luna

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- President Bernardo Arévalo led the first ordinary meeting of the National Coordinator for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Violence Against Women -Conaprevi- with the purpose of preventing, attending, and strengthening assistance for women victims of violence.

In his speech, the president said, “For this government and this president, the objectives of this group are important. They are fundamental; not just another issue within a complex and full government agenda; it is a fundamental issue. As Guatemala progresses in the eradication of domestic violence and violence against women, we will be building better conditions for social life as a whole, creating a better social life.”

The agenda

The Minister of the Interior, Francisco Jiménez, participated in this commission and emphasized that the mandate is the prevention, attention, and eradication of domestic and gender violence.

He added: “It is not a small objective, but a very important one for the country, to reduce the number of cases of domestic violence and violence against women.”

The minister emphasized that the Presidential Secretariat for Women (Seprem) will coordinate the methodology.

During the meeting, the Secretary of Seprem, Ana Leticia Aguilar, presented the system for the social protection of women victims and survivors of violence.

She added, “You are familiar with the National Plan for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence Against Women -Planovi-, which incorporates social protection as an approach that guides the government’s and other sectors’ actions.”

The plan is a valid sectoral planning instrument that introduces governance in addressing the problem and establishes the role and scale of the program offerings of the institutions.

Swored in

During the event, the president swore in the 17 members of the commission:

  • President of Guatemala
  • Solicitor General
  • Ministries of the Interior, Education, Economy, Labor and Social Security, Health, Culture, Social Development and Foreign Affairs.
  • Presidential Secretariat for Women
  • Presidential Secretariat of Social Communication
  • Three representatives of women’s organizations
  • Secretariat Against Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Trafficking in Persons.

This committee’s meetings will be held monthly. The next meeting, scheduled for the first two weeks of April, will address the integration of interinstitutional working groups.

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