Four murdered in eight days. The deep concern about the “rebound” of women killed due to sexist violence has led the Ministry of Equality to convene a meeting of the Working Group of the State Pact against Gender Violence for next Tuesday to seek a coordinated response between the Government and the autonomous communities in the face of an escalation that, in the words of Irene Montero, causes “rage and pain”.

The latest murders in the provinces of Almería, Málaga, Ciudad Real and Córdoba bring to 18 the number of women killed at the hands of their partners or ex-partners in 2022. Six of those victims have been this month of May.

In addition, it is being investigated whether a woman stabbed in Zaragoza on Monday night by a neighbor could also be a victim of sexist violence.

Representatives of the Ministry of Equality and the autonomous communities will sit down on Tuesday to analyze the situation and the causes of this increase in victims. In less than 30 days, a third of all the murders so far this year have occurred.

Sources from the Department led by Irene Montero have announced that it will be proposed to the autonomous communities to incorporate in this working group the “analysis of the rise in femicides” as a new “axis” on which it will work from now on. It will be incorporated into the other seven axes initially planned.

These are the permanence of the State Pact against Gender Violence, stable financing for its development, the co-governance system between the Government and the autonomous communities, the reinforcement of prevention and early detection of cases of sexist violence, the improvement of the map of resources to adapt them to the Istanbul and Warsaw Conventions, the improvement of the response to digital, vicarious and economic violence; and the establishment of an accountability system.

Tuesday’s meeting will be chaired by the Secretary of State for Equality, Ángela Rodríguez, and the Government delegate against Gender Violence, Victoria Rosell, will also participate. In addition to taking a seat the regional representatives.

“In eight days, four women have been murdered. These are not isolated cases, it is machismo. Our obligation is to guarantee public policies, increase resources for prevention and early detection, and comprehensive sexual education,” Montero said on Monday. In addition, he called for not allowing “gender violence denial messages” because “the fight against sexist violence is a state issue.”

Montero and Rosell have expressed through a statement their “absolute condemnation and rejection” of the murders and have called for “all efforts” from the institutions, administrations and society as a whole to “arrive on time” and avoid more deaths .

Of the last four murdered, three of them had not filed any prior complaint for gender violence. Only the woman from Malaga, who had a minor son, had done it.

The Ministry of Equality has recalled that there is the 016 phone number but also that there are other telematic channels such as online consultations through the email and the WhatsApp channel at the number 600 000 016. All of these Services operate normally 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

At 016 you can ask for advice on available resources and the rights of victims of gender violence, as well as legal advice from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day of the week, with attention in 52 languages ​​and a service adapted to possible situations of disability.

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