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The Gender Observatory of Alas Tensas, an independent feminist magazine from Cuba, denounced this Wednesday a new sexist murder on the island, the twenty-fifth so far this year.

“We regret the death for reasons of #ViolenciaMachista of the Cuban woman, Zoila Chacón. The incident happened last weekend in Havana,” Alas Tensas reported on her Facebook profile.

The new victim was a native of the eastern province of Guantánamo, mother of two children and worked as a nurse at the Eusebio Hernández Gynecobstetric University Hospital -known as the Obrera Maternity- in the municipality of Marianao, in Havana, she detailed in the note.

“It is extremely important to name deaths for reasons of gender as what they are, #femicides, because only in this way can the seriousness of the problem in society be analyzed and the necessary public policies be demanded and established. It is also the first act of justice towards the victims,” ​​the text added.

At the same time, he warned that he is collecting information on two alerts about possible cases, one from the city of Cárdenas (Matanzas province, west) and the other from the central town of Corralillo (Villa Clara), for which he asks for “all the citizen’s help possible so that the victims do not remain anonymous”.

The Alas Tensas Gender Observatory (OGAT) was created in June 2019 with the aim of recording, investigating and denouncing gender-based violence in Cuba, mainly femicides.

In the first half of 2022, 24 women died violently, there were 4 attempted attacks and a vicarious murder was verified, according to data cited by the independent platform Yo Sí Te Creo in Cuba, which together with other organizations collects this data in the absence of an official count.

It also verified 36 femicides in the whole of last year and 32 in 2020, including 4 vicarious murders.

Alas Tensas and Yo Sí Te Creo, which collaborate in the support and accompaniment of people in situations of sexist violence, ensure that their reports of these cases are verified by their respective observatories.

Faced with the increase in these events in recent times, the activists of these independent platforms and observatories, together with the Cuban Women’s Network and the Cuban Alliance for Inclusion, recently jointly launched an “urgent call” to the Cuban government, so that declare a “state of emergency due to gender-based violence”.

They attribute the rise in these events to the “weak network of family and community support” and to the fact that many cases of sexist violence are not reported.

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