Independence Party Presents Plan for Women
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP by its Spanish initials) gubernatorial candidate María de Lourdes Santiago presented Monday her proposals for Puerto Rican women, which are addressed as a human rights issue in her government platform.
Santiago detailed her measures in a press conference, affirming women’s issues should be considered an essential part of society, which is why the proposals are outlined throughout her government plan instead of a specific section that attends the topic of women exclusively.
“For example, the section on ‘Urbanism and Housing’ includes the subject of assisted housing for older women; in Education, we expand the subject of teachers and service providers because these are the majority who deal with special education matters,” explained the gubernatorial candidate and attorney.
Santiago also reiterated her commitment to adopting “authentic” gender perspective in the island’s public education, designating the personnel in charge of overseeing the fulfillment of this subject both in the curriculum and in academic and non-academic staff.
“We acknowledge that the pillar to build a just society and eradicating intrafamiliar violence is in respecting all people’s diversity,” punctuated the independent senator.
Regarding health, Santiago proposed reformulating and linking strategies for prevention, management, and tracking sexual violence in Puerto Rico.
“The matter of sexual violence is a very uncomfortable topic that few people want to talk about. However, the statistics published by the Rape Victims Support Center [CAVV by its Spanish initials] reveal really alarming figures: 58% of sexual violence survivors are under 14 years old, and it is estimated that 9,500 sexual aggressions occur annually,” she noted.