Agreement signed for a culture of peace in Sinaloa, Mexico
an article by Nancy López, Noroeste, El Portal de Sinaloa
To make Sinaloa free from violence, various civil
society institution, the government and the Sinaloa
Institute for Women have signed an agreement for the
culture of peace.
Photo by Noroeste
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The pact, which is rooted in resolution 1325 of
the UN Security Council, which was adopted in
2000, aims to guide actions and programs to
generate a state with lower rates of violence.
Tere Guerra Ochoa, president of the Collective of
Women Activists of Sinaloa AC that seeks to
ensure the rights of women, said that they were
spurred to action by murder of the young Oriana
Elizabeth, aged 15, at the hands of three girls.
"In late January, we were alerted by the
contradiction to our usual thinking that women are
killed by men but not by women. The murder of the
young Oriana, which was committed by three young
women, was the wake-up call, "she explained.
Among the actions to be taken are to have the
women of Sinaloa, as well as the youth of Sinaloa,
rediscover their pacifist vocation, and raise the
consciousness of men about the serious problem of
Guerra Ochoa said the peace agreement will focus on
neighborhoods and communities in the state with the
highest rates of gender violence, as well as
violence and crime in general.
Elizabeth Avila Carrancio, the Director of the
organization Ismujeres, stated that the agreement
will form alliances in both the public and private
sectors to ensure the highest levels of safety for
Governor Mario Lopez Valdez recognized that after
signing the peace agreement will be necessary to
develop a series of actions and programs to
effectively combat violence against women.
He agreed that the fight must be led by women,
because it is they who have the mode, the form, the
sensitivity and the character to be the agents of
the change that is needed.
(Click here for a Spanish version of this article)
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