Playa del Carmen takes action to tackle violence against women with its program “Puerta Violeta” (Purple Door). The program assists victims of gender-based violence 24 hours 365 days a year. It brings women help from psychologists, social workers, lawyers and more, and all staff are women as well.
With this program, Playa becomes the first city in South-East Mexico to implement the national strategy on violence against women. As interviewed by Canal 10, Director of the System for Family Development, Mirella Diaz Aguilar, noted that Puerta Violeta is spreading geographically. As a result, another two locations have opened in Villas del Sol and Puerto Aventuras.
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In the other two locations, Villas del Sol and Puerto Aventuras, women can find a variety of assistance services. Some of them include the help of lawyers, social workers, therapists, assistance with medicines, wheelchairs, talks and workshops. Apart from the strategy to tackle violence against women, the council has opened social dining halls. Some of their locations are in Villas del Sol, Nicte-Ha and the ‘Vive’ community in Puerto Aventuras.
Check the full interview in Canal 10.