The delegate of the Government in the Valencian Community, Pilar Bernabé, has described on Tuesday as "indecent, regrettable and embarrassing" the proposal of the Generalitat to reward the Santa Isabel cradle house, involved in dozens of cases of stolen babies, in the "Meninas" awards that recognize people and entities that fight against gender violence and in favor of equality.
Barnabas has explained how these awards, granted by government delegations after requesting proposals from other administrations and entities, have been held for nine years and with "governments of all colors". As he stressed, in that time, "there has never been a single moment of confrontation" in the deliberation on the candidacies and the decisions of the jury that have always been "of consensus and unanimity". In addition, he stressed that they are delivered on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to value entities and people "who fight against the social scourge that is gender violence" and in which the administrations have worked "always from loyalty to the victims and to the people who fight against gender violence".
The Government delegate has also asked the president of the Generalitat, Carlos Mazón, "to put order in his house", in reference to the government agreement that the PP signed with Vox and that left in the hands of the extreme right the portfolio of Justice, chaired by Elisa Núñez, from which the proposal came: "That they do not come to confront and detract from awards that have been underway for many years", he said before the opening ceremony of the judicial year held in Valencia.
Pilar Bernabé has insisted that, if with their candidacies the Generalitat wants to detract from the awards, they will not find him in the confrontation but he has also criticized the forms since "the Spain that gets up early that they say that representing has arrived late". So he pointed out that 15 days ago the jury decided who the winners were in a deliberation that the Generalitat participated: "Let them be clarified," said Bernabé.
Sources of the ministry have assured that the proposal was sent to the delegation within the established period although the statement in which Justice announced its proposal was sent on Monday. The same sources insist on highlighting the work of Casa Cuna Santa Isabel "which works to help and protect vulnerable women and underage children" and appeal to the fact that the criminal process – to which those affected resorted after the direction of the center indicated that it could not comply with the judicial mandate to provide data of the mothers because it did not have them – was archived eight years ago.
In her justification of the candidacy, the Minister of Justice highlights that it is "an opportunity to show the conviction of this ministry to end domestic violence and in particular, that which affects the most vulnerable people." In addition, it highlights "the important work and help of this group of religious to single-parent families with priority intervention needs, which currently provide shelter to a total of 22 women and 22 children in Valencia".
The Casa Cuna has been involved in several cases of stolen babies and on the entity there is a court order to provide data on the mothers of more than twenty people. The management of the institution maintains that it does not keep this data.
The lawyer of several cases of stolen babies, who is also affected, Enrique Vila, described on Monday as "shameful" that this institution is distinguished that, according to him, "maintain an incomprehensible stubbornness" when other centers, even of the same order that manages the one in Valencia, have provided the data. Vila now asks the Vatican to demand that Sister Aurora Gallego provide the identity of the mothers, although, for the moment, she has not received a response.