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Baja California Congress Approves to Incorporate Symbolic Violence Against Women into Legislation

-Editorial

The unanimous approval of Opinion Number 40 by the Commission on Gender Equality and Youth during the Plenary Session of Congress marks a significant step forward in the pursuit of gender equality and the eradication of violence against women in Baja California. This opinion pertains to the proposed reforms of several articles within the Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence, aiming to address emerging forms of violence, particularly in the realm of media and politics.

The proposed reforms, championed by the initiating legislator, represent a proactive effort to redefine and broaden the scope of media violence. Under this proposal, media violence is comprehensively defined as any action disseminated through media channels that perpetuates sexist stereotypes, reinforces dominance and objectification, advocates for violence against women, or espouses hate speech and gender discrimination. Moreover, it encompasses the notion of symbolic violence, which encompasses the transmission and perpetuation of domination, objectification, inequality, and discrimination through symbolic representations.

The rationale behind this proposal is rooted in the imperative to provide clarity within the legal framework and extend its reach to effectively address the prevalence of symbolic and media violence, particularly in the context of a concerning rise in gender-based political violence across Baja California.

Consequently, amendments to Articles 6 and 11 of the Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence have been endorsed for the State of Baja California. These reforms serve to bolster the state’s legal apparatus by aligning key concepts and introducing the critical concept of symbolic violence, thereby reinforcing efforts to combat all forms of violence against women and promote gender equality.

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