By Tara Rippin • 22 November 2018 • 15:57
SPANISH and French government and legal professionals will meet in Madrid next week to raise awareness about gender violence.
The event has been organised by the Spanish-France Friendship Association, ‘Mujeres Avenir’, in the wake of data which shows that by October this year, 43 women had been murdered in Spain.
In the whole of 2017, there were 49 deaths in this country, according to data from the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.
President of ‘Mujeres Avenir’, and moderator of the event, which will mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in the French Community, said: “Gender violence does not recede. Moreover, the figures show us that it is increasing and that is why we have to continue working from awareness and education, where the basis of the problem lies.”
Five important figures from the international scene currently working to help eliminate gender violence will attend the event.
They include the delegate of the Spanish Government against gender violence, Pilar Llop; magistrate of French liaison in Spain from the Embassy of France, Frederique Porterie; a Burkinabe lawyer who is active in the rights of women and children, Liliane Dakoure-Damiba; head of the French office of equality between women and men in personal and social life Martine Jaubert; and Maria Jose Diaz Reyes, who coordinates the Solace for Local Development from Nicaragua.
The awareness-raising event will take place on Tuesday, November 27, at 7pm, at the Residence of France, Calle Serrano, 124 Madrid.
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