A group made up of about 200 women leaders in their fields of work signed a commitment to join those who participate in decision-making to improve inclusion and diversity in their areas and also to participate in “90% of the economic decisions that are taken by men ”. The initiative “Agenda for Equality” is based on twelve points and three main objectives. It was presented by the autopartist businesswoman and director of the Unión Industria Argentina Carolina Castro; the director of the Cippec think tank Julia Pomares; the head of the Foro del Sur Foundation Marlise Ilhesca Jozami, and the president of Actra (Self-management, Cooperativism and Labor) Edith Encinas, among others. The three objectives are to promote the hiring of women in formal private sector jobs and to promote better participation in masculinized sectors; redistribute unpaid family and home care work and break stereotypes, promote and make visible the participation of women in discussion and decision-making.
“Achieving greater and better female labor participation is crucial to guarantee women’s rights, and it is also virtuous for the economy, because it would create jobs, boost economic activities, and contribute to the growth of the economy,” says Gala. Díaz Langou, director of the Cippec Social Protection Program, who stressed that the wage gap “is not discrimination but rather speaks of inequalities that are deeper and more structural.” Consulted by PROFILE on the representation of the space and if it overlaps with other gender initiatives, Castro pointed out that “the representation of sectors such as businesswomen, academia, trade unionists and cooperatives is unique. Surely they will continue to add, but the distinctive thing is that they are women leaders, who can make decisions within their organizations ”.
Pomares, meanwhile, pointed out that it seeks to add other groups to the initiative. “We want to put on the table an agenda of proposals, we know that this visibility will mobilize the political leadership, to help launch actions and that the multiplication of networks can take shape.” From the field of cooperatives, Encinas recognized that the sector is dominated mostly by men. “In each of the cooperatives we have been working and contributing to make this more supportive. The way out is through taking the other into account, it is an opportunity for a change in the economy, ”he explained.
Maria Inés Costilla, from the Trade Union, added the perspective of the workers. “It is necessary to show from the union world this synergy that we women are generating. In the world of women workers, there are many difficulties, formally and informally, especially in this pandemic scenario, in the workplace and at home. ” To improve participation in the labor market, they detail measures such as regulating job search announcements to avoid biases, enhance formal employment for women, have fiscal incentives to hire women in areas related to science and technology, and promote scholarships for non-sectors traditional, generate preferences for enterprises led by women or with joint directories for public purchases and remove legal barriers. Regarding the care agenda, they aimed at expanding licenses, taking into account budgetary restrictions, and improving the coverage of spaces for upbringing, teaching and care, with an emphasis on early childhood and older adults.
The Agenda for Equality proposes to accelerate cultural change by addressing symbolic violence in advertising and strengthening Comprehensive Sex Education at different educational levels. They also demand more participation of women in the dialogue tables and encourage equity guarantees in all areas. For Ilhesca Jozami, it is “a historical challenge”, amplified by the pandemic. “We cannot let that opportunity pass. We have to provide different solutions, with a gender perspective ”, he remarked. Among the more than 200 participants who joined the Agenda for Equality are the Gender Advocate of the PROFILE newspaper and FEIM head, Mabel Bianco, the businesswoman Isela Costantini (GST), Dolores Fernández Lobbe, head of Walmart, and Ana Franchi del Conicet.