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Woman waits 14 years for justice

The Guardian, Caracas

The government paperwork also points out that, in 2007, legislators passed the Act on Women’s Right to a Life Free from Violence, which created specialized police units, prosecutors and courts dedicated to cases of gender violence and women’s shelters.

“Venezuela is at the forefront of normative instruments in defense of the women,” Venezuelan Minister for Women Andreina Tarazon said at an event last year, adding that the law lists 19 types of violence against women as crimes and recent reform added the crimes of femicide and incitement to suicide.

However, women’s rights activist Ofelia Alvarez says the law has not been implemented fully. At the end of last year, for example, only six shelters were up and running in the nation.

“It does little good to write up a magnificent law and then not appropriate the money to fund all the institutions it creates,” Alvarez said.

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