Unanimously, the City Council of Curitiba (CMC) approved, in the first round, this Tuesday (9), a bill with the objective of regulating the Red Signal Against Domestic Violence campaign. The article is an initiative of councilor Noemia Rocha (MDB) and had 35 favorable votes.
Launched in June 2020, by the National Council of Justice (CNJ) and the Association of Brazilian Magistrates (AMB), the campaign began with the voluntary participation of pharmacies across the country. The objective was to respond to the increase in violence rates in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic.
According to the bill adopted in the first round, the Cooperation Program and the Sinal Vermelho Code would involve not only pharmacies, but also public departments, gatehouses for condominiums, hotels, supermarkets and other commercial establishments. According to Noemia Rocha, regulation has already been made, for example, in the Federal District.
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The distress call would be made with the display of the red “X” in the palm of the hand or the statement “red sign”. Employees at these locations would then report the situation by calling 153 (Patrulha Maria da Penha) or 190 (Military Police of Paraná).
simple but important
“It’s a simple project, but very important for the protection of women who are victims of domestic violence,” said Noemia, first assistant attorney for women at the CMC. Despite legislation at the federal and state levels, she assessed that the municipal law is necessary to reinforce protection and prevention mechanisms.
“In the pandemic, we already face the woman having to live more actively with this oppressor, due to isolation. And when this woman goes out to a pharmacy, to a store, she can ask for help”, he explained.
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For the law to come out of the paper, said the councilor, it is essential to train trade professionals and other establishments about the program, so that, if they receive a request for help, they are prepared.
“If the woman raises her hand with the X and the employee doesn’t notice, this initiative is innocuous”, he said. “We know that domestic violence is latent and we look for mechanisms, we look for actions, to alleviate the suffering of the victim”, completed the councilor.
If confirmed by councilors and sanctioned by the mayor, the law will enter into force 30 days after publication in the Official Gazette of the Municipality.
*With information from the City Council of Curitiba
Source: BoF Paraná
Edition: Lia Bianchini