JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — Juarez officials are pondering a new sexual harassment ordinance and looking for funds to build a new women’s shelter.
Juarez “has only two women’s
The city is trying to get the Chihuahua state government and the federal government to contribute money for a new shelter for women fleeing domestic violence.
“We don’t need just one shelter, we need at least six
Juarez officials said they have spent almost $3 million in the past three years in women’s services, including the hiring of psychologists and the training of several police officers to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence. A new shelter, however, would cost $1.5 million to build and half a million dollars a year to staff and maintain, Corchado said.
Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada has also tasked Corchado to work on a draft of a sexual harassment ordinance — a first for the city.
In a public presentation last week of the services the Institute provides, Corchado explained that a number of incidents of sexual harassment — and some attempted assaults — have been reported in the past few months, mostly in the Downtown Juarez area.
“For some men, it’s easy to make lewd comments. In the past, we could not keep track of that, but now with social
Cabada said he would support the sexual harassment ordinance if the Institute determines that it is needed. Other city officials said they have mixed feelings about it.
“Juarez is a border city, we have people from different places here, and not just from Mexico. Some may think they’re giving out a compliment,” said Juarez City Council member Alfredo Seanez.