Madrid, March 8, International Women’s Day, MEDIA RELEASE
- Family Associations remember the fundamental role of families in education in equal rights for men and women.
- The NGO, which will join the global labor, care and consumption strike, encourages all families to participate in the acts and demonstrations on Friday.
- UNAF welcomes the recently approved measures in favor of equality and urges that the governments resulting from the upcoming local, regional and state elections continue to advance in public policies and measures that promote equality and co-responsibility between men and women.
The Union of Family Associations (UNAF) invites families to participate on March 8, International Women’s Day, in the numerous demonstrations organized throughout Spain and reminds them of their fundamental role in the transmission of the value of equality of rights and opportunities between men and women.
“Equality is learned. That is why it is important that families are aware of their role in the transmission of values so as not to reproduce stereotypes and gender roles, which are the basis of the inequality suffered by women and girls by the mere fact of being so. It is taught by example and, in this sense, we encourage families to be examples and schools of equality, because this will be the basis, along with coeducation at schools, to overcome the macho culture and achieve true equality”, assured Ascensión Iglesias, president of UNAF.
In addition, this organization will join the labor, care and consumer strike to make visible the inequality and demand greater co-responsibility. “The fact that domestic work and care continues to fall mainly on women has direct consequences on their working life, since it puts them at a disadvantage situation compared to men, which translates into more unemployment, a wage gap, more precariousness, lower pensions and in general, more poverty and social exclusion “.
For this reason, UNAF demands measures that guarantee equal opportunities in employment and that care becomes a task shared between men and women, with enough institutional support, since it is an essential task for economic and social development and for the progress of society as a whole.
Special support is required by single-parent families, which represent 10.7% of families in Spain and 90% of them are headed by a woman. “We need a state law that takes into account their specificities and supports them in labor, educational, fiscal and conciliation matters is necessary,” affirms Ascensión Iglesias.
Finally, UNAF demands measures that continue to advance in the fight against gender violence, which seriously affects families and is the most extreme manifestation of inequality. In Spain 984 women as well as 27 girls and boys have been murdered in sexist crimes since the registration of cases began in 2003. Added to this are other forms of gender violence that occur within families such as forced marriages or female genital mutilation, of which it is estimated that 18,000 girls could be at risk in Spain.
UNAF welcomes the recently approved measures in favor of equality – such as the extension of the care leave for the birth of sons and daughters for the second parent, the reform of the Statute of Workers to reinforce wage equality and the amendment of the Law Organic for Effective Equality in relation to equality plans in companies – and urges that the governments resulting from the upcoming local, regional and state elections continue taking steps forward with public policies and measures that promote equal rights and opportunities between men and women.