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Jalisco issues ‘gender alert’

Emergency measures to tackle violence against women are to be implemented in Jalisco after it was revealed that at least eight towns and cities have reported an increase in femicides over the past four years. 

The government of Jalisco has issued a so-called “gender alert,” which represents a clear concession that systematic violence against women is a problem in the state. 

The emergency mechanism brings a series of 15 measures into effect. These actions are divided into five separate blocks: urgent, preventative, protective, judicial and security measures.

Urgent actions include an increased police presence in public spaces, such as parks and other “zones of risk” for women. Yet Jalisco Government Secretary Roberto Lopez Lara was keen to emphasize that the alert also aims to implement longer-term prevention strategies.

“This is not only a gender alert,” Lopez Lara announced. “We are also going to prevent the problem by providing dignified employment for women and working on health and education issues.”

Preventative measures include school and training programs, as well as workshops to tackle domestic violence. 

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