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Argentina: The Province of La Rioja announces the construction of the first "LGBT neighborhood" in the country

La Rioja, Argentina is the first province to adhere to the Interministerial Program Living in Equality. With this measure, it will bet on the construction of the first comprehensive habitat project exclusively for the trans community.

Jorge Ferraresi, Minister of Territorial Development and Habitat, together with the National Deputy and President of the "Vamos a Andar" Foundation, Hilda de Soria, signed last Saturday the adherence to the Interministerial Program Living in Equality. In this way, La Rioja became the first province to build a comprehensive housing project for members of the trans community.

In addition, the Secretary of Habitat, Santiago Maggiotti, provided the Technical No Objection certificate to the Provincial Housing Institute (IPV) to start, through the Foundation, the construction of 25 homes plus a community facility with spaces for job training and development of learned trades that will allow the integration of the neighborhood to the community.

The works will be developed in the plot of land on Route 28 and will have an investment of more than $122 million pesos from the National Government. In this way, the commitment is evidenced so that the gender perspective and diversity are fundamental in all policies related to habitat and access to housing.

For his part, Minister Ferraresi stated: "With this program we assume the commitment to incorporate the gender perspective and diversity in all areas related to urban planning and access to housing. We are also convinced that the mere fact of being able to think about accessing a home and developing one's personal life autonomously also contributes to mitigating the consequences of interpersonal violence".

And he added: "Although we have been establishing different actions in gender policies such as the inclusion of the segment for Heads of Household in [the social benefit] Procrear II, with Living in Equality we are taking a very big leap in terms of expanding rights."

It should be remembered that this program, designed in conjunction with the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity, has as its main objective to promote public housing and urban development policies with a gender perspective, aimed at women and the LGBTI+ community. Through it, lines of action will be generated aimed at inclusion, participation and training in processes related to access and construction of housing, training in associated trades and the generation of a more inclusive urban space.

Source: Somos Jujuy
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