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In view of the marked escalation of gender-based violence in the indigenous communities of Patagonia, the Government took some measures in this regard. The most important has to do with the appointment of Verónica Huilipan as coordinator of Addressing Gender-Based Violence against Members of Indigenous Peoplesgenas (PPII). Now, Mapuche Veronica Huilipan will fight against gender-based violence from within the government system.
In that regard, the new coordinator said that crimes against indigenous peoples, especially women , were an ancestral issue. A situation that has unfortunately normalized in Argentina, to the point that today we perceive how something has become often ignored and invisible in our society.
The fact is that Verónica Huilipan will now address the issue of gender-based violence from an office of the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity . She says she will fight tenaciously to eliminate that tendency towards invisibility which, for a long time, have assumed as issues linked to indigenous criminal matters.
The representative of indigenous peoples acknowledges in her sentiments that she will be presented with a large agenda of issues to address, not only at interdisciplinary, but also intercultural and interinstitutional levels. All this will require hard teamwork, among all governmental areas: provinces, community territories, municipalities and national entities.
The appointment of a leader of the stature of Hullipan is in itself a great reference and guarantee of the good performance of his work throughout all these years. She has been involved in many issues of her community and in achieving goals for all indigenous people in Patagonia on various occasions , both on an environmental and institutional level as well as territorial.
In addition, he is a prominent member of the Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén. The crimes against women and the LGBT community originating in the region are now promised to end . With this appointment, Veronica Huilipan will fight against gender-based violence.
Asked on her work plan, Veronica Huilipan says the first step is to make a list of indigenous women who live and lead the region. This will be in order to convene them to regional meetings, which will enable them to make a diagnosis of the current environment of indigenous women in the country, as well as to reflect on the situations of violence faced by themselves and LGBT groups.
Among the problems to be addressed by her office and frequently faced by indigenous women, some of the following are: colonization and discrimination, extreme impoverishment, crimes, territorial dispossession , among others.
He stated that many crimes and abuses against indigenous people are caused by the excessive criminal and repressive response that some public bodies have assumed, when indigenous people claim their rights collectively and publicly.
This often occurs in the face of the dispossession of territory. In this regard, Verónica Huilipan said that its management will not only focus on gender-based violence, but also on strengthening the indigenous identity ; gena and visualize it .
To this end, it is intended to organize the defense of territories and culture through the creation of laws that benefit indigenous people and to monitor compliance with them. Such as Act No. 26.160, prohibiting evictions, and Education Act No. 26.206, which obliges the system to incorporate the Bilingual Intercultural Education Programme. Undoubtedly, this is excellent news for our indigenous peoples in Patagonia.
Publication Date: 16/07/2020
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