The Provincial Council of Almeria joins the events held to commemorate the 8th March, International Women’s Day, with the aim of continuing to claim achievements and progress in equal opportunities between men and women in the province. The Deputy for Equality, Nuria Rodríguez, has joined the events held today by the Junta de Andalucía and the Subdelegation of the Government.
“Women for Flag” is the name of the campaign launched by the Junta de Andalucía to commemorate the 8th March. The programme manager of the Andalusian Women’s Institute (IAM) in Almería, María del Mar Esparza, and the delegate for Justice, Local Administration and Public Function, Carmen Navarro, have stressed that this is “an important date in the calendar in which we highlight the role of women in the full development of Andalusia and claim their leading role in a historic moment of profound transformation of our land, our society and our economy”.
The Governing Council has approved an institutional declaration on the occasion of International Women’s Day in which it has emphatically stated that there is no “more important duty or more urgent priority for any government or public administration than to fight actively and resolutely” for equality, since “the fight for equality between men and women is a matter of State”.
The declaration underlines that this 8th March “we want to recognise the efforts of all Andalusian women and make a flag for them”, as the institutional slogan states. “Andalusia wants and needs to be a land of equals, a land of harmony and free of ballast that knows how to set the world on time, so as not to lose a single minute of the future we long for. Setting the world on time means bringing this real and effective equality without further delay to the countryside, towns and cities; to salaries, employment, education, interpersonal and family relations, conflict resolution, housing, conciliation, to all areas of life”, the institutional document remarks”.
María del Mar Esparza concluded by assuring that “Andalusia wants and needs to be a land of equals, a land of harmony and free of ballast that knows how to set the world on time, so as not to lose a single minute of the future we long for”.
The delegate of Justice, Local Administration and Public Function, Carmen Navarro, detailed that the Andalusian Government “has launched a training plan for the gender equality units of the 13 ministries of the Andalusian Regional Government, with the challenge of working on equality in a cross-cutting manner”.
Navarro recalled that “in the last four years we have managed to reduce the wage gap between men and women in Andalusia by 12.7%, three points more than the Spanish average. We have managed to increase female employment by 10.9% in these four years, 4.5 points above the national average”.
The Andalusian Executive is clear that “Andalusian women have been, are and will be indispensable and essential protagonists in the progress of this land. We Andalusian women have fought to break glass ceilings in the interests of a fair and equal life”. Navarro concluded by assuring that “the Government of the Andalusian Regional Government is working tirelessly for real equality, not just today, 8 March, but every day of the year”.
From the Government Sub-delegation, its head in Almería, José María Martín, stressed that “today is a day of celebration, but also a day of vindication, as we cannot let our guard down. It is true that steps have been taken and investments continue to be made in equality policies, but we must continue to work along the same path”. “We still have a long way to go, but we are making progress and measures are being put in place to help us work towards equality.”
Paola Laynez, councillor of Almería City Council, has joined this manifesto on the occasion of International Women’s Day, an event where all the administrations are present, and where daily, anonymous and constant work is carried out. “We all have to work every day, an anonymous, constant work. We all have to come together, men and women, to iron out inequalities. Laynez had words of recognition “for all the women who have gone before us and who have paved the way and now it is we who have to continue to break down walls so that the women who come after us can continue to advance towards real equality” and she stressed “the need to educate from the youngest ages in the culture of equality because the adolescents of today are the women and men of tomorrow”.
The Deputy for Equality and Family, Nuria Rodríguez, pointed out that the Diputación de Almería “joins the demands of this day because we are clear that the administrations must raise a common voice for this type of action in favour of equality and women’s rights. It has been a long road on which we have achieved a lot, although we still have a long way to go. The Provincial Council is working for equality, so that it reaches every corner of the province, especially in rural areas and in the smallest municipalities”.