feminist platforms YoSíTeCreo (YSTCC) in Cuba and the Observatory of Alas Tensas The magazine reported on a gender-biased murder in the province of Holguín, bringing the total to four femicides documented last week, although they occurred on different dates.
The latest victim of gender-based violence is Arletty Reyes Batista, 24, who lived in a rural area of the municipality of Urbano Noris (Holguín). The incident happened on June 25, when the young woman left her house to go to the University, relate the note of Alas Tensas posted on Facebook.
Reyes was studying agro-industrial process engineering at the university center in the municipality where she lived. She is survived by a 4-year-old daughter, and it is presumed that whoever assaulted her was a neighbor of hers, adds the feminist platform.
This new complaint adds to those filed by activists who this week reported the case of Daniela Hernández Terrero, which occurred at the hands of her ex-spouse and father of her two children (who committed suicide after the murder) on 25 last June. in the Centro Habana neighborhood.
Draft Penal Code and gender-based violence in Cuba (I)
They also documented the femicide of Tania González, on June 27, at the hands of her husband and in the presence of her daughter and grandson in her house in the Diezmero neighborhood, in the Havana municipality of San Miguel del Padrón.
Another similar event, the case of young Claudia Montes, missing for two weeks and finally found dead in the municipality of Martí, in the province of Matanzas, has been confirmed by activists as a “sexual femicide”. In their latest publication, they point out that “to date and in 2022 alone” their observatory “has recorded 18 femicides.”
Moreover, they recall that, faced with the increase in these incidents of gender-based violence in The last daysthe independent platforms and observatories Yo Sí te Creo en Cuba, Red Femenina de Cuba, Alianza Cubana por la Institución and Alas Tensas, jointly launched an “urgent appeal” to the Cuban government to declare a “state of emergency due to gender-based violence”.
Likewise, they criticize the fact that new Cuban Penal Code does not delineate the different types of femicides.
The Penal Code approved by Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power (unicameral parliament) on May 15 contemplates gender-based violence, but does not define the crime of femicide.
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“When we talk about femicide violencewe are calling to address an issue that primarily affects women, but also children and even men, as evidenced by this case,” expressed Alas Tensas and YSTCC.
The two platforms which collaborate in the support and accompaniment of people in situations of gender-based violence, affirmed that their reports of these cases are verified by their respective observatories. A report by Alas Tensas reported that at least 36 women died violently last year in Cuba, allegedly when they were assaulted by their romantic partners, and another 32 suffered a similar fate in 2020.