Praia, Sep 26 (Inforpress) – The President of the Republic, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, said that there are many achievements in the field of human rights protection in Cabo Verde, but acknowledged that there are still several shortcomings, constraints and important challenges to be overcome.
Jorge Carlos Fonseca, speaking on Wednesday at the National Human Rights Day commemoration ceremony, pointed to issues of gender-based violence (GBV), violence against minors, especially sexual abuse, and violence against people under police custody in police stations and prisons.
The head of state stated that, overall, the data point to “some reduction” of this type of GBV-related occurrence, but stressed it is no less true that the homicides of women by their partners have grown.
“We cannot accept that being a woman is a risk factor in our country. The so-called GBV, the dramatic face of the great inequalities that still exist between men and women, a stain that continues to accompany us, must be firmly and systematically tackled, through education, prevention and repression, and the participation of universities and civil society,” he said.