The Law Office for Women (OJM), with the support of several organizations, including Alliance for Solidarity, organized on Friday 14 March, the International Seminar "Criminal Law in response to male violence. Lessons Learned and Challenges "at the Bar of the City of Quillacollo, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
In this seminar, the project was presented "Improving the contribution of civil society organizations in coordination with public institutions to implement policies that guarantee women the right to a life free of violence" that mainly take place in the town of Quillacollo, Cochabamba, Bolivia, and aims to strengthen the capacities of women's organizations to influence their authorities and to enforce the right to a life free of violence, improve capabilities officials / as to help improve the quality of services and sensitize the public to get involved in the fight against violence.
The project was well received in the audience, allowing work under the challenges presented in terms of the fight against violence and the timely implementation of Law 348, Comprehensive Law to guarantee women a life free of violence.
Dr. Marcela Borja, Judge Quillacollo, made an analysis of Act 348 since the criminal law. "I think that although the law has weaknesses, public servants have to work for a good implementation, identifying barriers so that we can improve it. It is our responsibility". Declared Dr. Borja, who also identified as a barrier for women to file complaints of violence, the fact that all cases are treated as a criminal offense "This fact in some cases inhibits women to report"He said.
From the Police, Colonel Zaida Mariaca presented difficulties in the work of the special services against violence before now Brigades and Special Force to Combat Violence. Mariaca mentioned that these instances no se les da suficiente presupuesto ni formación especializada en violencia.
Meanwhile, Blanca Moreno, Final speaker, presented some good implementation practices regarding the fight against violence in Spain, opening the way to the end of the session that was geared to make commitments, both by the authorities and the civil society Quillacollo.
A time to bear them two councilors reported that the municipality has an area for the construction of a shelter and made a commitment to implement it, as well as to expand the budget for gender in each municipality management. A Police Brigade is committed to continue working in the fight against violence, despite the difficulties, "we have no computer, no paper to meet women, but we want to work in a coordinated manner"He said.
One of the problems that were prioritized during the event was the lack of a coroner in the town of Quillacollo, an issue placed on the agenda of organizations to work in a coordinated manner and influence the authorities to do so. This demand will be incorporated into the advocacy provided to the project.