On the occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of Pedro Poveda’s birth, the Secretariat Pedro Poveda y Josefa Segovia organized at the international headquarters of the TA in Spain a round table with the title “The Teresian Association committed to the proper care (buentrato). The defence of human rights, especially of children and women”.
The participants were Ana García Morales, lawyer, member of the Programs Area of the NGO InteRed, and Mercedes Ruiz Giménez, president of the Association for research and specialization on Latin American issues, AIETI. Mar Palacios, general administrator of the TA and member of its Proper care commission acted as moderator.
A Policy of the Association
At the beginning of the gathering, Mar Palacios made a brief presentation of the work that the Proper Care Commission has been carrying out for months. The objective, together with the Advisory Commission, was to design and implement the “Protection Policy of the Teresian Association to promote the proper care, to prevent violence and on how to act against abuse towards children, adolescents and vulnerable groups”. Within this task, the commission asked several experts to draw up two framework documents:
- The commitment of the Teresian Association with the dignity of the peoples and defending human rights of children, women and vulnerable persons.
- Pathways of our societies (normative framework) in defending the rights of individuals, especially children and women.
The two speakers at the round table addressed precisely the issue of human rights in this context. (More information about the Proper care issue in our web, please link here: ♦)
First, Ana García Morales developed the international human rights framework, its definition and evolution. Within this, she presented the basic principles that inspire them: they are universal and inalienable; indivisible and interdependent; and the same for everyone. she also presented the legal instruments we have to address these rights and which agencies ensure compliance. she also referred to the mechanisms that we have for the protection and reporting of human rights violations and breaches.
Finally, she gave a brief look on the Convention on the Rights of the Child CRC and regulations on protection against different types of abuse, exploitation, trafficking and other violations of minors and adolescents’ rights.
Then, Mercedes Ruíz Giménez focused on women’s rights as “permanent conquest and a challenge for today.” In the current scenario, she said, threats to women's human rights do not decrease, even if we have another awareness on this issue. Fundamentalisms, the feminization of poverty, women killing, trafficking of women... are the dramatic face of patriarchy and machismo, of the systematic violation of women's rights that impede equality and social justice for more than fifty percent of the population.
He reviewed the international regulations that since 1975 has been developing instruments to face the violation of the rights of women and girls and quoted the Sustainable Development Agenda that in its 5 goal contemplates “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”
Poveda, an example
As a member of the TA, Mercedes Ruíz Giménez recalled Poveda’s determined action in favour of the women of her time and how he favoured her empowerment. From the TA we can collaborate, she said, in the necessary change that asks to move from the norms and the formal - which currently recognize equality - to real equality, to cultural changes that are based on educational processes.
Finally, she denounced the impact of anti-rights groups, the extreme right and fundamentalisms, which resurface. They are groups that present themselves as part of civil society acting in a coordinated way against feminism and against equality, migrants, refugees and vulnerable people. To face these groups, we must mobilize energies joining forces to groups that work for equality and deepen the debate and discussion from the values of the gospel, something that commits us as believers.
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