At her presentation, Gómez Alcorta said: “We are convinced that the inequitable ways in which we socially organize care is a central part of the matrix that reproduces inequality and discrimination.” And then added: “These inequalities and oppression are the conditions for the possibility of violence in various spheres, labor, domestic, media, public, political and institutional, among many others. But clearly the political sphere, which is par excellence capable of transforming personalities and modifying oppressive structures, is the main arena for the reproduction of this violence.” Similarly, the Minister maintained: “The ECLAC conference is a unique opportunity for us to move this agenda to the region and we can think about a future in which our society understands care as a need, a right and a job”.
On behalf of the National Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity (MMGyD), the Secretary for Equality and Diversity Policies, María Cristina Perceval, and the Undersecretary for Diversity Policies, Greta Peña, also participated. Throughout the meeting, Secretary Perceval highlighted multilateral cooperation to work with greater levels of comprehensiveness and coherence, achieving greater impact on sectoral policies so that they are integrated as state policies. The regional authorities of the NOA distributed the Secretary of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca Decrees 657 and 540 declaring the forum of parliamentary interest through the provincial Chamber of Deputies and the legislative interest through the Chamber of Senators of the province. In addition, the event was declared of parliamentary interest by the Deliberative Council of the Valle Viejo Municipality. For his part, Pena presented Argentina’s position paper and bill “Care in Equality”, which proposes to create a comprehensive system of care policy in Argentina.
During the day, reflections on national public policies and their local actions were exchanged. Additionally, the meeting was attended by Florencia López, Vice-Governor of La Rioja Province; Catamarca’s Secretary for Women, Gender and Diversity, Ivana Gabriela Ibáñez; Secretary for Women, Gender and Diversity of Tucuman, Leonor García Andrade; Secretariat for Women, Gender and Diversity of Salta, Itati Carrick; Secretary for Women and Diversity of La Rioja, Karen Navarro; and Cecilia Sampolesi, Provincial Race Director of Santiago del Estero. Virtually there were UN Women’s Deputy Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, Cecilia Alemani, and ECLAC Division Director for Gender Affairs, Ana Guezmes. Officials and representatives of the executive branch also participated in the meeting; Responsible for equality mechanisms in provinces; national, provincial and municipal legislators; and feminist experts and references on the matter.
The Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean is the main intergovernmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality in the region. It is organized by ECLAC with the support of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). In this line, the main objective of the preliminary meetings is to proceed with the logistics, as well as to exchange ideas to prepare proposals for the preliminary program on the organization and parameters of the activities before and parallel to the regional conference. .
The Provincial and Regional Forums and the Pre-Conference of Argentina constitute pioneering and innovative examples, within the framework of processes known until now for the preparation of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in the host states. It is considered essential to promote the creation of a common vision that expresses the specificities and identities of each region of Argentina, reaffirming the main axes of the feminist agenda as well as the actions and policies necessary to move towards our comprehensive care system. the country The country, achieving examples of interregional articulation dynamics and cooperation with other countries in the region and outside the region, is committed to the same objective.