The initiative, whose presentation at the Capitol was attended by President Díaz-Canel, includes data generated by the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI) and will function as a tool for making decisions with a gender perspective, as reported by the Presidency in its social media.
Nuestro reconocimiento al equipo que durante meses trabajó para lograr esta herramienta imprescindible, que nos permitirá seguir avanzando en la protección de las mujeres. Por más igualdad, equidad y justicia social en #Cuba. https://t.co/FMFqP4aaHg
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) June 8, 2023
Díaz-Canel recognized this Thursday on Twitter “the team that worked for months to achieve this essential tool” and that “will make it possible to continue advancing in the protection of women.”
The Observatory will include statistics of “women who have been victims of intentional homicide as a consequence of gender-based violence in the last 12 months.”
The Cuban government does not classify “femicide” as a crime in the new Penal Code, even though it contemplates gender-based violence, sources such as EFE specify.
According to the data collected on the new website and cited by the Spanish news agency, 18 women were victims of “intentional homicide for gender reasons” based on court rulings from 2022.
The statistics do not clarify when these sexist murders took place, nor does it contemplate those trials that are still open or are about to begin. In addition, this source points out, the figure represents just over half of the femicides registered last year by independent feminist platforms.
The provinces with the highest number of sexist murders were Havana (4) and Holguín (3); while the 20- to 44-year age group represents 72% of the cases.
“Eighty-nine percent of the cases were concentrated in women who had or had had a relationship with the murderer. In only 2 cases, the perpetrator was not the victim’s partner or ex-partner,” according to the new statistics cited by EFE.