The Ministry of Culture will launch its unit in opposition to sexist violence in September | Culture | EUROtoday

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The Prevention and Attention Unit in opposition to Violence within the Audiovisual and Cultural Sector will start to function in September, as introduced this Thursday by the Ministry of Culture and the Film Academy. The new entity can have a psychologist and a lawyer, each impartial of any establishment, with whom any girl who has suffered an assault within the subject of tradition can contact anonymously by e-mail or phone. It can have an annual price range of 60,000 euros, from the Ministry of Culture, though this 2024 it’ll begin with 30,000 because of the top of the 12 months through which it will likely be launched.

Virginia Yagüe, member of the board of administrators and the Equality Commission of the Film Academy, has confused that the companies shall be carried out “anonymously” and that because of this the 2 professionals (who haven’t but been chosen) who will attend to Aid candidates will “act independently” of any establishment, in a format much like that already carried out by the Catalan Film Academy. “We must send a clear message against abuse and support for victims, and to do so it has to be a useful tool. We provide psychological assistance and legal support, and the victims will be assisted without the need for a prior complaint,” she added.

The unit will give attention to instances of sexist violence, though the Ministry of Culture doesn’t rule out producing actions sooner or later to guard in opposition to different types of discrimination and harassment of which males may be victims, based on sources from the ministry.

In his presentation speech, Yagüe detailed different actions that the unit will develop: “We want to develop a protocol of good practices, and we will launch a program for schools that teaches tools to detect these abuses. We hope it lights the way for a more just world.” The unit will accompany the victims and assist them, if they want, to file a criticism. According to information from the Ministry of Equality – whose Secretary of State has additionally attended the occasion – ​​solely 8% of victims who are suffering sexual violence dare to report it. In September, a committee will even be created to watch the reported instances through which, amongst others, Virginia Yagüe will take part.

The Minister of Culture, Ernest Urtusun, who introduced the initiative after the publication in EL PAÍS final February of an article through which three ladies accused the filmmaker Carlos Vermut of sexual violence, recalled in his speech that the associations which have led this battle “have done so for years without means” and that’s what the establishments wish to reverse now. “In addition, we want to support the brave victims who have dared to raise their voices against sexist violence. And we want to respect your decisions. It is a space open to all of them, and it will be a safe space because their decision and privacy are respected. “We are also working on a harassment prevention protocol,” she added, which is helpful for the whole world of tradition.

Another of the members within the presentation occasion and its host, the president of the Film Academy, Fernando Méndez-Leite, demanded “spaces of equality and respect as in any other field of society.” And he highlighted a want: “That the feeling of impunity against those who harass women ends. We fight to end vulnerability in work environments. “This unit wants to respond to these situations now and in the future.” For Méndez-Leite, “coordination between the public and the private” is crucial.

As an indication that, though it will likely be offered on the Film Academy, the unit will cowl any sufferer within the cultural sector, Mar Rojo, consultant of the Gender Equality Observatory within the subject of tradition and vp of MIN (Women of the Music Industry); and Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, president of the Academy of Performing Arts. Rojo has identified that the Observatory “has been a catalyst for change since it was created in 2017, has carried out various analyzes on existing inequality and continues to work towards parity.” For her half, Guillén Cuervo defined: “The unit has been created to information, assist and defend the victims, and the initiative is, for the Academy of Performing Arts, an absolute precedence. […]. We should weave a collaborative internet between all doable partnerships. As a sufferer of sexual abuse [recientemente reveló en un documental que fue violada cuando tenía seis años]”I want to feel useful and proud to be here.”

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