CEPAM-Guayaquil wins the first case of femicide in the Province and precedent mark to address, with a gender focus, crimes against women.
March 31 was a historic day for Ecuadorian justice, as the first sentence of femicide was issued in the province of Guayas. The Tenth Court of Criminal Guarantees sentenced Jose M. P. to 26 years in prison for the crime of femicide, who murdered his ex-wife inside a taxi in front of his children.
The CEPAM-Guayaquil, through its legal team, conformed by Abg. Fernando Yávar and Abgda Jaqueline Veira, led the defense of this case of femicide occurred in October 2014 northwest of Guayaquil. The brother of the deceased began this process to prevent the femicide of Ma. Del Rosario remains in impunity.
This ruling is the first case of femicide prosecuted in Guayas and sets a precedent that seeks to make visible how violence against women and their sons and daughters, often culminates in femicides.
Femicide is the announced death of a life with violence. That is why the CEPAM-Guayaquil legal team, in defending the case, reiterated the need to see the crime perpetrated in an integral and systemic way, in order to understand how femicides are configured and to generate, in the justice system, alarms that Allow the timely detection of the levels of risk of abused women.
Although we will not be able to recover the life of María del Rosario this sentence allows us to recognize and work so that the State and society, together, take preventive measures and sanction against violence against women and what not only affect them, These acts of violence impact on the lives of their children, daughters and relatives. It is necessary to reiterate that, in femicides, victims have been subjected by their partners, ex-partners or relatives to constant practices of violence, whether physical, psychological, sexual or patrimonial.
From the CEPAM-Guayaquil we express our special thanks to Dr. Fernando Yávar for his defense committed in this case and in many others, in which the rights of women have been affected.
We will remain vigilant before other cases of femicide and violation of rights against women in order to contribute to respect our right as citizens to a life free of violence in which relationships of equity and respect for all are promoted.