Zaragoza joins Viogen to collaborate in the protection of women

Zaragoza City Council and the Government Delegation in Aragon held the first meeting this Wednesday to specify the adhesion of the Aragonese capital to the Comprehensive Monitoring System in cases of Gender Violence (Viogén).

The meeting was led by the delegate, Rosa Serrano, and the mayor, Jorge Azcón, and both highlighted the importance of an agreement that will mean the creation of a specialized unit within the Local Police, whose agents will participate in the specific protection of women.

The degree of participation and, above all, the number of agents that the Consistory will provide will be specified in the next technical meetings that both institutions will hold, with the aim of make effective the incorporation into the system at the end of the year.

In any case, the new unit will take on tasks such as monitoring threatened women, depending on their degree of risk, but the agreement will also allow information sharing on gender-based violence between the different police forces.

The mayor of the city, Jorge Azcón, has highlighted that Viogén was born in 2007 and “it is now” when Zaragoza joins the system, in a clear criticism of past municipal governments. In addition, he has ensured that the City Council can take this step thanks to the incorporation of troops (80 in the last two years and 78 planned for this) to a Local Police staff with about 300 vacancies to fill.

The councilor has shown his satisfaction for the participation of the city in the “effective protection” of women, but he has recalled that “this is paid by the City Council 100% even if it is not its competence”, for which he has once again demanded “collaboration” from the rest of the administrations.

For her part, the Government delegate stressed that Zaragoza’s arrival in Viogén is “positive”, as is “everything that advances in the fight against gender violence”. Serrano has recalled that one in three women will suffer throughout her life some type of violence, which is why it has encouraged the victims to report since they have “efficient and anonymous resources to help them”. A message of special importance, he said, “in the face of denial speeches, that only deny the safety and freedom of women and their children.”

Regarding the Viogén system, the delegate highlighted that “It has been the smaller municipalities that have taken the initiative offering its resources and paving the way for larger ones”, in reference to the late incorporation of Zaragoza. In addition, he has recalled that the Pact against Gender Violence provides for financial contributions to the different administrations.

In this sense, Serrano has pointed out that currently there are 1,673 active cases in the Viogén system in Aragón, of which half, 868, are in the Aragonese capital. Figures, he pointed out, that “they encourage us to do more than just claim an appointed day.”

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