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Gender Alert «is not a magic wand»: says Caco Leal about femicides

The State Human Rights Commission affirmed that the Secretary of Public Security fail to implement security and prevention measures in cases of violence against women.

By Josè Luis Vázquez

The Secretary General of the Government of the State of San Luis Potosí, Alejandro Leal Tovías, stated that the Gender Violence Alert issued in different states of the Republic is not a «magic wand» that avoids femicides.

These statements come after the State Human Rights Commission (CEDH) affirmed that the Secretary of Public Security and the Attorney General of San Luis Potosí fail to implement security and prevention measures in cases of violence against women.

«We are complying with what the Gender Alert says, but it is not a magic wand that solves the situation nor have the femicides automatically descended, it is an effort of all, we all have to enter this to give certainty and security to women”, he said.

In that sense, the official explained that the Gender Alert issued in six municipalities of the state «is a regulation and a route to meet a series of requirements for prevention, however, this is not a limitation for the government, we are working enormously in this, the great advantage is that most of the femicides have been solved, more than 70% are intrafamilial problems, of couple, of courtship».

Then he added: «this does not justify or give us peace, we continue working, doing polygons in colonies with new security strategies, (…) that there is a certainty that all women could travel at any time of the day, we have not failed, but we have a lot to do”.

When mentioning that the CEDH affirmed that several femicides registered in San Luis Potosí could be avoided with a proper coordination of authorities, he said: «we have avoided many cases thanks to shelters and women’s centers, there are others that we have not managed to avoid, but this is not a justification, it’s good that we can do it, but we need zero tolerance «.

Also read: CEDH seeks Gender Alert for three more municipalities of SLP

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