On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Auditor General Vilma Castillo of General Audit Office of the Nation of Argentina (AGN), affirmed her “commitment to seek to raise awareness and promote concrete action aimed at eradicating this global scourge”.

She said the Femicide Observatory recommended by United Nations rapporteur Dr. Dubravka Simonovic, and recently created in the ambit of the Ombudsman’s Office, would bring about concrete action to commemorate November 25 with tangible progress.

The auditor recalled her audience with the rapporteur where they discussed the importance of intensifying efforts to combat violence against women and meeting Sustainable Development Goals, and exchanged comments in order to include the gender perspective in all AGN work projects.

This is particularly part of Sustainable Development Goal 5, “achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls”,which seeks to provide women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work and representation in the process of making political and economic decisions that will boost economies in a sustainable way and benefit societies and humanity as a whole.

Castillo also gave details of work being done by oversight bodies nationally and regionally (EFSUR and OLACEFS) and internationally (INTOSAI), so that gender issues might be approached in a cross-cutting manner for all public policies, thus helping with prevention and analysis.

The auditor emphasized the importance of all national and provincial government entities having the budget and qualified staff so that their actions might have a real impact on policies aimed at empowering women.

Castillo finally stated that gender inequality and discrimination are the main causes of gender violence, while stressing the need to establish and strengthen regulatory frameworks that punish violence against women and protect them in the different areas where they interact.