Transport Minister supports comprehensive response to gender violence

The Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda (Mitma), Raquel Sánchez, has reaffirmed her commitment to the fight against gender violence in the act of expanding the Horizon Program, promoted by the engineering and public consultant, Ineco.

During her speech at the event, the minister celebrated the work of the Mitma group company to make visible and respond to this scourge of society, which has killed more than 1,200 women and children since 2003 and which, in 2022 alone, has so far left 26 minors orphaned.

In her speech, Raquel Sánchez emphasised that getting out of the cycle of gender violence is very difficult and that this scourge requires the involvement of the whole of society in order to put an end to it. In addition, she has recalled the unconditional support of this Government for the victims despite the attempts of a reactionary sector of the population to delegitimise these demands.

In addition, she has pointed out that, in the face of some political groups that try to revert rights and speak of intrafamily violence, the Government remains firm and is going to combat these reactionary discourses that minimise abuse.

In this sense, in 2004 the Government of President Zapatero approved a pioneering law in the world that responds to these needs and specificities of the violence suffered by women, the Law on Comprehensive Protection Measures against Gender Violence. The minister has stated that she is proud of the achievement of such a milestone and because this country has been advancing in the direction of women’s rights and that she continues to do so thanks to this administration.

The minister has praised the work of the institutions and, especially, of the companies of the Mitma group in promoting feminist policies and equality plans for the training and awareness of workers. Thus, she has highlighted the Violet Points that are being installed in the main Renfe stations to address the safety of women in public spaces. In addition, she has highlighted the organisation of the Matilde Ucelay Award for the recognition of projects and people who work for a more feminist world in the transport, mobility and urban agenda sectors.

With two years of experience, the Horizon Program, promoted by Ineco, is aimed at raising awareness against violence against women and accompaniment for access to the world of work for the victims who suffer it. The engineering and consultancy Ineco has presented the expansion of the program that allows it to add new voices in its fight against sexist violence.

The minister highlighted the action of the two associations that were already part of the programme, the Eslabón Association and Mujeres Unidas contra el Mitrato, and welcomed the two new associations joining the project: the Victoria Association and the Women’s Foundation. This program, the minister highlighted, is a clear example of how the Ministry assumes the feminist struggle by developing and implementing essential policies for the construction of a free and equal society. A Department that already has a table for Equality, Diversity and Cooperation to coordinate the actions of all the public companies dependent on the Ministry.

Among the new actions of this expansion of the Horizon Program, the president of Ineco, Sergio Vázquez Torrón, highlighted the aid to promote studies and child support for victims of gender violence and orphans for this same reason. This initiative will allow the promotion of four scholarships, one with each of the associations integrated in this Program, which will be focused on supporting the development of university studies.

Advancing in the reduction of the inequality gap of sexist violence is a clear objective of the company. “Crimes that truncate many more lives than the one that is literally ending. I am referring to the impact on the victim’s environment. Their sons and daughters who, in many cases, are left helpless in the face of a panorama that is difficult to rebuild”, highlighted the president of the engineering and consultancy of the Ministry.

As a sign of support for this group, the act included the involvement of Joshua Alonso, orphaned by gender violence and promoter of his mother’s posthumous book of poems No Camiño do vento.

Since it was launched, the Horizon Program has allowed Ineco to incorporate 7 people into its team and train 16 women victims of sexist violence to improve their job opportunities. This new expansion confirms the company’s commitment to the job placement of victims, both women and adult sons and daughters; and it will also allow 16 new victims to be helped thanks to the Ineco volunteer network that contributes to facilitating the day-to-day life of the users of the associations. The collaboration, which is extended to five new autonomous communities (Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla – La Mancha – Extremadura and Galicia), will include, in a complementary manner, a support and assistance service for victims.