The Network Against Violence Against Women (NAVAW) expresses its anger in the development of the case of the abuse of a foreign domestic worker by her 68-year-old male employer.
In an official press release, the network denounces the attitude of the court that released the 68-year-old claiming that he is a former police sergeant and now a priest.
The Network’s Press Release as is:
“Public opinion is shocked! The media are having a field day. Yes, even those with vulgar titles that normalise violence against women, and turn immigrants subhuman, are heavy on sensitivity today. Image and sound sells. With no images and no sound there’s no crime.
After the murders of 7 foreign women, we were all reminded anew yesterday that there are vulnerable women among us.
That workers who are immigrants do not have an easy time of it on the island of Cyprus.
The murders of the 7 migrant women weren’t able to mobilise the executive and legislative power of the island to review the employment status of domestic helpers from the World South.
Of a regime that collaborates with state trafficking, to produce precarious workers, stripped of labour and individual rights and, above all, with no access to justice.
The hole created by the abolition of the welfare state, and absence of structures of care, has given the state a new role.
Ensuring the purchase of women of colour as slaves and a legal status that ensures their precariousness and the absolute domination of the employer.
We as a network against violence against women were not shocked, we were angered!
We angrily point the finger at all of you who are looking for mitigating factors in the actions of every phallocrat.
Those of you that have an opinion on everything and on the worth of every misdemeanour of the female gender.
We point the finger at the state and say to it bluntly: You are malfunctioning at every level.
Your involved bureaucrats draw up action plans that remain on paper, the bills in the drawers of the Legal Service and your state budgets are balanced after you first add the necessary expenses to secretaries, advisers, limousines, and business trips, subtracting the unnecessary, such as support structures, training campaigns, reintegration programs and financial support for the victim.
We get it, the implementation of the Istanbul Convention costs!
You are unable to see the problem in its true dimension and take radical action to address it.
We point the finger at the patriarchal structures you maintain in each of your departments.
For the civil service culture of your officials who have learned to write reports.
For your neoliberal perception that social issues can be priced and promoted or buried accordingly.
We point the finger at you because we are tired of reading reports of murders, suicides and alleged investigations.
Your attitude increases the numbers of victims.
You as the state are the moral perpetrator.
We point the finger at your courts!
Your judges with their selective rigour and sensitivities.
The same judges, who are satisfied to order the detention of the immigrant on a complaint of theft, that are currently releasing from custody the representative of the triptych country, religion, family with summary proceedings.
Former police sergeant and current priest.
The offspring of the sick state power, of the supremacy enjoyed by the representative of the church, the family man.
Your system reeks of exploitation.
As a network we are called upon to cover up your inadequacy.
State incompetence is what creates the need to create support networks.
But we will not become your fire-fighters.
We are here to demand that you take on your responsibilities.
We will be the voice of those who do not have a voice and our voice today is raised angrily.
You call it a social scourge.
We will continue calling it political inadequacy.
We call it criminal irresponsibility.
We call it neoliberal politics.
Violence against women has a class stigma for us.
Poverty sustains it.
Financial dependence consolidates it.
We shout it with all the power of our soul, in the equation for violence against women it is not the perpetrator against the victim.
The victim is also up against the state itself.
A system structured to sustain perpetrators, which transfers the law of proof to the victim.
A state and a society that abuses and rapes again and again any woman who speaks.
We do not need evidence.
We can recognise any form of violence.
Can all of you in charge recognise it?
YES, NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL OF YOU TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES.”