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Chile: PAS Santiago's "Purple Ribbon" Programming Supports International Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women

On December 11, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) Santiago engaged key audiences on the subject of eliminating violence against women, in a Digital Video Conference with Julie Owens, a regional director for the Domestic Violence Commission of the North Carolina Council for Women, and founder of the HOPE program for Battered Women. Ms. Owens, who was recommended by a recent International Visitors Program, shared expertise from her 20 years of advocacy and consulting, emphasizing integrating government, social and medical services to aid victims of domestic violence in their communities.

The audience came from governmental and NGO agencies working in the courts, law enforcement, investigation and prevention of violence against women and families. The DVC engendered an active dialogue among guests, some of whom had not previously met. A court of Appeals Minister thanked us for giving her an opportunity to learn about programs and services in Chile of which she was unaware.

To reach a broader audience, then-Chargé d’Affaires Carol Urban sent letters and purple ribbon pins to key Chilean government officials and NGO contacts, including President Michelle Bachelet, requesting that they wear the pin in recognition of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. Preventing violence against women is an important issue and received prominent attention in the Chilean media in the leadup to the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

In addition, the Embassy’s radio program Dimensión Internaçional, ran a special feature on Raising Awareness to Counter Violence Against Women. The radio guests were Lorena Fries, Director of the NGO Corporación Humanas, and Solange Huerta, Chief Prosecutor for the Melipilla Region. They discussed current legislation and protective measures for women who are victims of domestic violence in Chile. The program reached 121 radio stations throughout Chile.

Nieves Rico, Social Work Specialist for the U.N, The Economic Commission for Latin America [ECLA]. State Department photo
Nieves Rico, Social Work Specialist for the UN, The Economic Commission for Latin America(ECLA).
Amanda Valdovinos, Minister for the Court of Appeals. [State Department photo]
Amanda Valdovinos, Minister for the Court of Appeals
Carina Castro, Investigator for the Investigative Police of Chile [State Department photo]
Carina Castro, Investigator for the Investigative Police of Chile


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