The platform Yo Sí Te Creo raises to 50 confirmed sexist murders in Cuba in 2023

The platform Yo Sí Te Creo raises to 50 confirmed sexist murders in Cuba in 2023

(EFE).- The independent feminist platform Yo Sí Te Creo en Cuba (YSTCC) raised this Monday to 50 the sexist murders registered on the island so far in 2023 by confirming a new femicide in the province of Santiago de Cuba.

This time the victim is Rafaela Yusmila Ramírez Chacón, 45, who was murdered by her partner and found dead on June 21 in the doorway of her home, in the town of Baire, in the municipality of Contramaestre.

“Our condolences go out to the surviving sons and daughters, relatives and other close people,” the YSTCC activists wrote in a note posted on social networks.

They point out that they are pending to verify if it classifies as femicide the case of another woman who died violently also last June in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

“Our condolences go out to the surviving sons and daughters, relatives and other close people”

They also refer that to the 50 sexist crimes that they have documented in the last six months on the island, there are two attempted femicides and four cases that require access to the police investigation.

Three days ago, the YSTCC activists and the gender observatory of the Alas Tensas collective confirmed another macho crime that occurred in Junethe month with the most deaths of women at the hands of their partners or ex-partners in the current year.

The Cuban government does not disseminate data on sexist violence and the official media do not usually address these crimes.

These independent groups insist on their calls to the Island’s authorities to declare a “state of emergency due to gender violence,” and regret that the Government has not taken action in this regard.

The work of the independent feminist collectives, which have social networks and victim assistance telephone numbers, and their dissemination in the unofficial media have contributed to focusing on the cases of sexist murders and disappearances of Cuban women in recent years.

Its activists advocate for a comprehensive law against gender violence and the implementation of protocols to prevent these acts, as well as for the creation of shelters and rescue systems for women and their children in danger.

These independent groups insist on their calls to the island’s authorities to declare a “state of emergency due to gender violence.”

Yo Si Te Creo in Cuba has highlighted that “nothing would have been possible without all those people who share content, verify data and are support networks for survivors.”

Last April, President Miguel Díaz-Canel assured that there would be “zero tolerance” for sexist violence.

Last June, the official Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) presented the Cuban Observatory on Gender Equality, which includes statistics on “women who have been victims of intentional homicide as a consequence of gender violence in the last 12 months.”

The People’s Supreme Court (TSP) reported in mid-May that in 2022 there were 18 convictions for sexist murders, all with penalties of more than 25 years in prison.

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