CABEI US$50 million to mitigate gender violence in Argentina
1 million indirect beneficiaries and 258,000 women and LGBTIQ+ groups in the country's 24 jurisdictions will benefit directly through access to justice and social accompaniment.
Tegucigalpa, May 25, 2021.- The World Health Organization determined that around 30% of women in the world have experienced gender-based violence at least once in their lives. In addition, there has been an increase in acts of violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, transvestite, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people, affecting their social, political, economic and cultural life.
In order to provide a comprehensive response to this problem, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), in support of its extra-regional partner country the Republic of Argentina, approved US$50 million in financing for the Program to Strengthen Protection Actions against Gender-Based Violence.
CABEI Executive President Dr. Dante Mossi explained, "This operation will have a direct positive impact on 258,000 people through access to justice and social accompaniment in the country's 24 jurisdictions. In addition, their families will also benefit, reaching more than 1 million people indirectly, 35,840 facilitators will be trained in prevention and comprehensive care, and 12,000 social promoters will be equipped.”
The director for Argentina and Colombia, Maximiliano Alonso, said: "Together with the Argentine State, we are working to generate social capacities that lead to improving the well-being and quality of life of Argentine men and women. Our goal is to promote gender equity, access to justice for women and the LGBTIQ+ community. Thanks to the Argentine government's active policy on this issue, CABEI will support the Ministry of Women, Gender, and Diversity's programs and projects.
This program includes, among other activities, financing for the construction, improvement and equipment of Integral Territorial Centers for the care of people at risk of violence, including the implementation of the new Ministry of Women, Genders, and Diversity's headquarters, as well as the implementation of legal and social support actions for victims of violence, and the design and implementation of an early warning system for gender-based violence emergencies.
A long-term support component for the region is also incorporated, which will seek to strengthen international cooperation actions in the access to rights and gender equity between Argentina and CABEI's partner countries in the SICA region.
The financing conditions are established for a twenty-year term, with a five-year grace period and an annual interest rate of 2.60%.