On Friday, November 25, in the middle of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a live broadcast of the mixed session of the Law Commission for Women’s Equality at the Colombian Congress was sabotaged with footage of a person committing obscene sexual harassment. behaves. The head of the said commission, María José Pizarro, announced the legal measures regarding this event, which she described as an act of symbolic violence.
The senator from the Historical Covenant announced that he is arranging a session in which senators, parliamentary representatives and leaders of various organizations dedicated to women’s issues are present. There was even a request for a state of emergency for violence against women to be held at Casa de Nariño this Friday.
The Zoom conference room used to broadcast sessions while Pizarro was speaking was hacked. At that moment, the image of a man rubbing his phallus appeared next to the senator’s picture. “Not only are the sick and offensive footage hacked, but the sounds of this man’s masturbation are also being tampered with,” the congressman said, warning of a criminal complaint.
“Not only does it reaffirm the violence we live in, but it seems to me an act of grievance, not only against my position as chair of the Law Commission for Women’s Equality, but also against all senators, representatives, and women in particular. organizations that came to report today,” the senator reproached.
This aggression was denied by other congressmen, such as animal rights activist Andrea Padilla. “These are very basic attacks, very ignorant, very imbecile… but they continue to be used to disturb us and perhaps remind us that we continue to be objects in the moral considerations of some. The truth is, we are clear about our path to salvation,” wrote the Senator of the Historical Pact on Twitter. in your account.
Senator Angélica Lozano also mentioned this. “Grotesque. Misogyny and political violence motivate men to take their time and boycott today’s action commemorating the day not to resort to violence against women. Alianza Verde congressman Alianza Verde said that if they have the capacity to commit all kinds of violence and crimes in real life, harming a symbolic act will make them It’s entertaining,” he said.
The Election Observation Mission even sent a message about the event. “MOE denies acts of violence against women in politics (VCMP) in which congressmen and other women attending the public hearing of @ComisionMujerCo today are victims,” they said from the organization.
While making his statements about this cybernetic aggression, Pizarro reminded that there is an exponential increase in femicide in Colombia. “This reflects that absolutely nothing has been done in recent years and no positive measures in the midst of the pandemic. Despite the complaints, there was not a single measure with a gender approach”, reproaching the senator, adding that 98% of sexual abuse remains unpunished in Colombia.
“Therefore, we demand the activation of a series of measures that can of course be completed by the institutions of our country, but the country must now stop and a public awareness of different types of violence must be created. that we women suffer,” Pizarro concluded.
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