‘Women, protection and penalties’, in ‘Weekly Report’

‘Weekly report’ opens its news page with a report on the ‘Only Yes is Yes Law’, which has focused the political debate this week. In addition, it joins the Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a report that shows how in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sexual violence against women continues to be a widespread practice.

‘Women, protection and sorrows’

The recent entry into force of the ‘Law of Comprehensive Guarantee of Sexual Freedom’better known as ‘Law of Only Yes is Yes’, has meant a great advance in the fight against the elimination of gender violence, for the unification of crimes and the enhancement of consent. However, some criminal figures are punished less than with the previous law, which has led to the review of sentences and, in some cases, to the early release of aggressors.

Some advisory bodies of the legislative process, such as the CGPJ, assure that they have been warning about this since the law began its study and processing more than two years ago. For magistrate Victoria Rosell, currently a delegate of the Government Against Gender Violence, “those who now want to sign up that they warned it are lying. Nobody warned it in any constitutional body. It is true that there is a very conservative drift in the Council, which already does not fit in with the parliamentary majority”. Juan Manuel Fernández, a member of the CGPJ, responds to the ‘Weekly Report’ that the attacks from the Ministry of Equality “are intolerable and that their worst consequence is that they break the trust of women in Justice.”

The program has also spoken with Teresa Hermida, lawyer for the victim of “la manada” in 2016, who assures that this whole situation “is being a nightmare, but not because of the law, but because of the interpretation that is made of it” and because it inevitably leads to a re-victimization of people who have suffered the brutality of a rape as in the case of her defendant. Now, all eyes are on the Supreme Court which, in the coming days after the position of the State Attorney General’s Office in favor of not lowering the sentences, will also unify criteria.

‘Protected by a new sun’

In the week of the commemoration of a new Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women‘Weekly Report’ looks at the Democratic Republic of Congowhere sexual violence continues to be a weapon of war and a widespread practice.

The author of this report, Ana Jimeneza correspondent in Rabat, takes us to many of those places where there is also room for sorority.

‘Protected by a new sun’ is full of heartbreaking testimonies that, however, have managed to find a light that shelters them. In the ‘City of Joy’, in the Congolese town of Bukavu, the ‘Panzi Foundation’ and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwenge have been opening their arms to women for more than a decade who learn there to transform pain into power and crying into laughter. Young Tatine confirms this: “Before, I didn’t talk to anyone, I didn’t even feel like eating, but since I’ve been here, I’ve started to share and I feel much better.”

In another part of the country, in Salamabila, where the rape rate is higher than the average for the entire country, Lucie Mubelelwe -who works hand in hand with ‘Doctors Without Borders’- shows ‘Weekly Report’ a code that, in many cases, it is vital. It’s a drawing. That of a sun “It’s so they don’t feel the shame of having to talk about the abuse they’ve suffered. Just by drawing it or saying the word Júa, ‘sun’ in Swajili, they start a protocol of free medical care” that actually saves lives.

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‘Women, protection and penalties’, in ‘Weekly Report’