The Brazilian government next month will inaugurate its first "Women's House," a social assistance project to combat sexual violence inspired by a program developed in El Salvador, authorities said Wednesday.
The creation of the program's first facility was announced Wednesday via a resolution published in the Official Gazette and signed by the women's policies minister, Eleonora Menicucci.
According to the text of the announcement the first "Women's House" will be established in the city of Campo Grande, capital of Mato Grosso do Sul state, which borders on Bolivia and Paraguay, and later similar centers will be opened in Brazil's other 26 states.
At those centers, women will receive psychological, social, legal attention and healthcare, as well as training in how to find a job, all within the framework of the "Woman City" plan conceived by Brazilian-born Vanda Pignato, El Salvador's top social inclusion official and the wife of the Central American nation's former president, Mauricio Funes.
Pignato is a former activist with the governing Workers Party, to which Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva belong, and she maintains close friendships with both.
Born in Sao Paulo, Pignato emigrated during the 1980s to El Salvador, where she married Funes, who during his 2009-2014 administration appointed her to head the Social Inclusion Secretariat, a position in which current President Salvador Sanchez Ceren asked her to remain.
The "Woman City" project began in El Salvador in 2011 with the inauguration of the first of that country's six centers, which have helped some 600,000 women.
The initiative, which in El Salvador enjoys the financial support of international institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, has been recommended as a model by different entities, including the United Nations.