“It is sad to know that I could be the only woman at the G20. We need the best ideas at the political level to provide the right opportunities for all women ”and“ to achieve equality by 2030, we need parental leave payments, to consolidate care for children and for the elderly. These are the investments we need to make for a solid and sustainable recovery. With the contribution of the W20 we will be able to lay the foundation for representing men and women equally in both work and family.“.
The president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, speaking at the W20 in Rome today drew the lines for a more equal European development. The president also spoke of the risks on the education front following the pandemic, which could lead to 11 million children dropping out of school, and of female employment. “Too many of us have been told to choose between being a mother and working, and as a mother of seven children and president of the Commission I know the obstacles women face, we must seek equal access to the labor market and be able to raise children. our children. I will bring this commitment to the table of leaders at the G20 in October“Said von der Leyen. Women “they need the right support, parental leave, we need to offer more and better care for children and the elderly ”. “Investments in childcare and parental leave” are what “we need for a solid and sustainable recovery“.
Governments launch a plan within 3 years
“The union of women must be achieved beyond differences and unity must also serve to improve the conditions of the most vulnerable, most exploited, deprived of rights and multidiscriminate women.”Underlined Linda Laura Sabbadini, chair of the Women20, during the opening day of the W20 Summit, after the Head of Delegation of the W20 Italy, Elvira Marasco, and the Sherpa of the W20, Martina Rogato.
“The G20 can make a difference – Sabbadini continues – pointing the way to women’s empowerment and pushing governments towards gender equality. The W20 asks governments to launch a plan within three years for cultural change against gender stereotypes, starting with children and education, up to training”.
On the work done so far by the Italian presidency of the G20 Sabbadini commented: “The road map for gender equality has been launched. It has now been proven that female employment growth increases GDP and also productivity. We contribute to redesigning a new vision of the world, focusing on educational strategy and cultural change at all levels, with the enhancement of women’s skills in all fields. It is a real gamble but women can win it, if they are united and in solidarity, and if they join the men who have understood the value of their proposals. Governments need to invest more in care. Social infrastructures must have the same importance as economic ones, from educational services for children to services for the dependent elderly for the disabled and for all those who need them. Unpaid care work must be redistributed in the couple, through paternity leave and other facilities, and it must be redistributed in society through services. We need to invest once and for all in the healthcare economy”.
The opportunity of the PNRR in Italy
The NRP has adopted a transversal approach to the issue of gender equality. It means that every action should take into account the objective of rebalancing the situation, especially in terms of female employment, currently at 47.5%, equal wages and career opportunities. In this regard, the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility, Enrico Giovannini, underlined at the W20 Summit: “The issue of gender equality must be addressed from every point of view. I learned how to organize the selection process to avoid discrimination, appointing 2 women out of 3 positions. This prejudice spills over into words, but above all into the economy. We will manage 62 billion of the NRP and create a stimulus for the rebalancing of the male-dominated construction sector. To combat this trend we have decided to give special incentives. Few decisions are needed to radically change the system”.
On the same wavelength also the intervention of the Minister of Labor Andrea Orlando: “The battle for gender equality must be for everyone“, Adding how the pandemic has highlighted the dramatic alternative for women between work and care increasingly weighing on the shoulders of women. If you add to this the difference in wages, you realize why many women have been forced out of the labor market. “We must, on the one hand, strengthen social infrastructures and make this alternative less drastic and, on the other, ensure that care work becomes less the prerogative of women today. Then you have to work on the wage gap because then when you decide in a family budget who should stay at home remains who earns less and more often it is the woman“.
And the fan-shaped intervention on several fronts is even more necessary in light of the effects of Covid. “The pandemic, in addition to amplifying all the inequalities already present, has turned on the headlights on the strategies and energies that we can put in place to rebalance the world, finally giving vitality to female protagonism“Declared the Minister for Equal Opportunities and for the Family, Elena Bonetti, adding:”Women are not a minority to be included, but they are people capable of bringing the energy necessary to reactivate the system. We need a strategic and comprehensive vision. Power is the ability to act, and today women are ready to have power. We are trying to implement a structural change in social policies through the reform of the Family Act, aimed at promoting female empowerment, considered the lever of the future on the economic and cultural fronts.”.
The event was also attended by the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, declaring: “The basic battle of the W20 is still to be won in every part of the world, even in Italy we deal with these cultural backwardness on a daily basis. To combat this pandemic, it is necessary to eliminate all kinds of inequality in the world. The vaccine, in fact, cannot be considered a privilege of a few, but it is a right of all, even of the most fragile. It cannot be the tables of our budget offices that decide how much right to health we can guarantee, which is an inalienable good. In the National Health Service of the future it is necessary to take a gender point of view, strengthening gender medicine and bringing the idea of universality back to the center. All this can become a magnifying glass through which to analyze the entire national service”.
The President of the Senate, Maria Elisabetta Alberto Casellati then spoke at the W20 Summit: “In a world of great change, in this post-pandemic society, the issue of gender equality becomes more and more fundamental. Today we have the opportunity to give impetus to the country’s economic and social recovery, including the perspective of equality. In 18 G20 countries women continue to be paid over 15% less than men and only 55% of women are involved in the labor market compared to 71% of men, there are still too many cultural prejudices that prevent the world of women to express talent and merits. The work carried out by the summit represents a fundamental contribution with the identification of the three strategic priorities: work, female entrepreneurship and digital. Furthermore, the focuses that the W20 has decided to dedicate to violence against women and girls, and to sustainability, are also important. We need an authentic cultural change and active policies that radically change the meaning of women and the relationship between the sexes“.
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