Carlos Delgado Altieri during his press conference at the headquarters of the PPD. (Teresa Canino Rivera)
As part of his proposals to address violence against women, the candidate for governor for the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), Carlos “Charlie” Delgado Altieri , pledged to implement a teaching curriculum with a gender perspective , an issue that It has earned him multiple criticisms.
“I will implement a teaching curriculum with a gender perspective based on equity and respect for each person. This curriculum must include the evaluation, teamwork and recommendations of all the interest groups, ” Delgado Altieri announced at a press conference at the PPD headquarters, in Puerta de Tierra.
In addition, the candidate reiterated his commitment that, if he arrives in La Fortaleza, he will “immediately” declare a state of emergency for gender violence. This has been a claim made by thousands of women, including feminist groups, to Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced, who chose to make an executive order in which she only declared a state of national alert for gender violence.
Delgado Altieri recalled that since last March he joined the chorus of public figures that has asked the governor to approve the emergency declaration.
He argued that the emergency declaration that he intends to approve if he wins the elections is accompanied by other actions that include establishing a public policy of zero impunity against gender violence and allocating an annual allocation of funds for emergency shelters and transitional housing for victims of this crime.
“The state of emergency will continue until we are satisfied with the achievements made. We are not going to sit idly by, it is time for Puerto Rico to address this issue as a priority through an executive order that recognizes the government's responsibility to address this emergency with urgent and forceful measures , “said Delgado Altieri.
She also proposed creating the first government-run shelter for women victims of domestic violence under the name Viva Mujer.
Likewise, the candidate for governor proposed to establish a temporary monthly economic allowance, training for employment and psychological assistance for all victims of gender violence in an “emergency situation . “
Prior to this announcement, Delgado Altieri had been criticized for saying that the issue of the gender perspective “confuses and generates passions.”