During the discussion of the National Development Plan 2022-2026 that was given this Thursday, one of the articles that sank was 266, which proposed the creation of the Fund for Equality and Equity (Fonigualdad).
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Despite this, the Vice President of Colombia, Francia Márquez, assured in the framework of an event of the Victims Unit that the Government is committed to the Fund, and they will try to push it forward in the remainder of the congressional discussions on the Plan.
“This is not an item we put up on a whim, without a budget there are no conditions for dignity. No matter how much will you have, without a budget, progress cannot be made, and the resources themselves are always insufficient to close a historical gap in this country”, said the vice president.
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The presentation for the first debate on the Plan proposed this fund as an account without legal status administered by the Ministry of Equality and Equity, which will be directed by Francia Márquez and it was created at the beginning of this year by means of Law 2281 of 2023.
Of 17 funds that were voted on in the presentation, this was the only one that sank.
However, the congressmen argued that there was a lack of clarity regarding the allocation of resources, and for this reason several voted negatively for its approval.
Márquez also stressed that the fund is essential for the social policy of the Government of Gustavo Petro. “To contribute to closing the inequality gaps, basic sanitation, community, roads, so that women have access to economic strengthening and are allowed to have economic autonomy”.
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The vice president reiterated that Fonigualdad It will have different sources of financing, including international cooperation resources.
In addition, he referred to the importance of having the support of the private sector to be able to advance in an Equality policy.