Education rules in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico understood education is the perfect weapon to confront violence against women.

The head of the Office of the Puerto Rico Women's Attorney, Ileana Aymat Ríos, explained that in order to fight that scourge that beats society, an educational campaign will be carried out in every single corner of the country.

"The goal is to get to the root of the problem," said Aymat Ríos, after acknowledging the seriousness that an illness that in 2016 cost the lives of 10 women under the hands of their partners, rates that will try to be lowered with this campaign.

"This is an educational plan that serves as a prevention," said the official, who asked the Puerto Rican women to report the abuses they are victims of, something necessary, she said, to end this problem in society.

Although the number of 10 murders of women by gender violence is an amount that reveals the magnitude of the problem, it can not be ignored that violence against the female sex is much broader, as evidenced by a total of 7,600 incidents that included assaults against them.

The rates, although worrisome, are far from those registered in the previous year, as in 2011, when a total of 25 women were murdered by their partners, although the worst were 2008 with 26 deaths and 2004, when gender violence Life.

"The key is prevention at an early age. Girls should not accept violence," said Aymat Ríos, in charge since early 2017 and with the task of reversing a situation that affects the entire Puerto Rican society, Profound economic crisis for almost a decade that contributes to sharpen social problems.

The Puerto Rico Comprehensive Women's Movement (MAMPR) recently reported that the island has different types of aggression against the female gender.

"Women in Puerto Rico face multiple types of violence. The most documented is violence between couples, but we also suffer from economic, institutional and environmental violence that affects us differently than men, which places us in a situation of particular vulnerability, "said the spokeswoman of the collective, Nirvana González.


Although deaths and physical attacks are the most shocking news, the problems that affect women go further and include, mainly, sexual harassment, which the government wants to fight.

Sexual harassment has gained relevance in recent days after the case of Hector O'Neil, the mayor of Guaynabo, one of the most important on the island, who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to close a case of harassment that he staged against an employee of his municipality.

The case of O'Neil served to uncover that the mayor's own son and other officials of the municipality carried out similar practices against other employees.

The norm establishes that the Department of Labor of Puerto Rico makes every 3 years a statistical study on the wage inequality by reason of sex.

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