The City Council and the College of Pharmacists sign a collaboration agreement whereby the more than 400 pharmacies in the city will help to inform, raise awareness and prevent possible cases of gender violence

The Seville City Council and the Seville College of Pharmacists have signed this Friday, coinciding with the celebration of 25N, the International Day against Violence against Women, a collaboration agreement through which the network of pharmacies in the Seville capital, made up of For 407 health establishments, it will become safe spaces for victims and will help to inform, raise awareness and prevent possible cases of gender violence, they will receive information on action protocols and will connect with the network of Comprehensive Care Centers for Women of the consistory.

“By signing this agreement, we reach out to those women who may be afraid to report a situation of violence, so that they know that pharmacies and the professionals who work in them can help to make visible and put an end to this situation, as happens with the wide network of purple spaces that we have formed with public offices or entities and associations. We believe that the professionals in these health spaces can play a very important role in the detection of possible cases of gender violence and guide the women affected so that they receive care from specialized resources in this regard”, has pointed out Clara Isabel Macías, delegate of the Equality and Human Resources Area of ​​the Seville City Council, who has celebrated being able to count on the pharmaceutical profession as part of the citizen network participating in the Municipal Plan against Gender Violence of the Seville City Council.

Aware of its enormous potential, for years pharmacies and the pharmaceutical association have been members of the Pact Against Gender Violence, during which they have developed various campaigns and information, prevention and awareness actions on violence against women, and which have included the production of various materials specifying the different channels to go to in case of needing information or assistance, as well as the resources that are available to victims in case of suffering an attack (telephone 016, email , WhatsApp, etc.).

“The pharmacist, in his condition as a health worker more accessible to citizens, and the community pharmacy, thanks to its strong social and territorial roots, constitute an extraordinary sensor and resource from which to promote actions that facilitate women victims of gender violence to take the step of denouncing” the vice president of the College of Pharmacists of Seville, Juan Pedro Vaquero, highlighted in the presentation of this initiative, who also recalled how pharmacies and all their staff also demonstrated during the confinement due to the COVID pandemic -19 to be “an essential and accessible service for all women where they can ask for help”, as was evident with the Mascarilla19 initiative, also linked to detecting cases of gender violence and helping the victims.

In addition to this information and awareness campaign that will be carried out from pharmacies, the staff of these nearby health spaces have also received an action protocol in cases of gender violence, which helps to detect the first signs of violence and know how to act in a possible case. A document that is also the result of joint work between the General Directorate of Gender Violence and the General Council of Pharmacists.

This protocol has been designed with the aim of being a tool that facilitates and guides the steps of pharmacists in the face of any form of violence and ill-treatment based on gender. The itinerary that the victims will have to follow to get out of this situation of violence will be long and complex, but whenever they need it, they should know that the pharmacy wants to be a point of support for all of them.

“By signing this agreement, we reach out to those women who may be afraid to report a situation of violence, so that they know that pharmacies and the professionals who work in them can help to make visible and put an end to this situation, as happens with the wide network of purple spaces that we have formed with public offices or entities and associations. We believe that the professionals in these health spaces can play a very important role in the detection of possible cases of gender violence and guide the women affected so that they receive care from specialized resources in this regard”, has pointed out Clara Isabel Macías, delegate of the Equality and Human Resources Area of ​​the Seville City Council, who has celebrated being able to count on the pharmaceutical profession as part of the citizen network participating in the Municipal Plan against Gender Violence of the Seville City Council.

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The City Council and the College of Pharmacists sign a collaboration agreement whereby the more than 400 pharmacies in the city will help to inform, raise awareness and prevent possible cases of gender violence