(CNN) — Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi announced a decree declaring a state of emergency due to gender-based violence, according to a statement issued by the governor’s office on Sunday.
The measure, according to the statement, hopes to “establish, promote and execute protection, prevention and guidance programs against gender violence and establish victim care programs.
The decree also creates the Committee for Education for the Prevention, Support, Rescue and Education of Gender Violence, “Committee PARE”. The committee will be made up of 17 members and three representatives of gender violence organizations.
“To eradicate gender-based violence, we have to make a concerted effort between the State and society where, in addition to an inclusive plan, there is an educational approach to teach our boys and girls that every human being must be respected, as well as empowering our future generations so that we can eradicate this evil, ”the statement said.
According to the decree, the PARE committee will present its first progress report 45 days after the first meeting and every 30 days thereafter until June 30, 2022, which is the time that the state of emergency will remain in force.
At least 5,517 women were victims of domestic violence from January to December 2020, according to the Domestic Violence Division of the Puerto Rico Police.