The president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, claimed this Tuesday that the role of women in the public sector is a fundamental element in strengthening society. “The arrival of women in town halls, understanding life and politics with a special sensitivity, has made it possible to do things differently and strengthened the social fabric of our towns.”
The head of the regional executive made these statements in Mérida, where he participated in the inauguration of a meeting of women leaders on the ‘Future of Women’s Employment and Equal Pay’ organized by the General Union of Workers. It was also attended by the Minister of Equality and Cooperation for Development, Isabel Gil Rosina.
The President of Extremadura recalled that quotas were fundamental for women who were at the forefront of social and neighborhood movements, to reach the level of public responsibility in their municipalities and town councils, building the seeds and mines that make up today. Municipal Policy and Trade Unions.
“The important thing in Extremadura is not that seven women do not sit on the Governing Council, the President of the Assembly, the Superior Court of Justice of Extremadura or the Competition Jury; The important thing is not that women have sovereignly reached public powers”, emphasized the president, who clarified that the fundamental thing lies in the reasons that led to these circumstances, reasons that are linked to the existence of quotas. “I hope and wish, and that will be the moment when we achieve our objectives, that there are quotas, but in another way. If that happens, it will be the end of the road that has cost us so much to travel,” he chastised.
On the other hand, the head of the regional government pointed out the importance of caste policies implemented from each institution with effective results, in which, as he said, labor reforms had a lot to do with it. “Today in our region there are 180,000 women linked to social security, which has never happened before, and about 18,000 are self-employed, while fifteen years ago there were only 2,500”, she exemplified.
However, the President has recognized that there is still a wage gap of 14% in Extremadura, for which he admits “we still have a long way to go”. “And for this we will need trade unions, political parties and people who understand and believe that there is not a more sustainable world, but one that is just and inclusive” he reflected. In this sense, Fernández Vara has assessed that “if these social and economic policies are not aimed at achieving high levels of social justice, they will be anything but sustainable.”
In his speech, the head of the regional executive warned that there is currently an attempt to “impose a discourse that is related to the abolition of the concept of the citizen and the recovery of the concept of the individual.” As he explained, “A citizen is a man or woman with rights and responsibilities and a person I, I, with myself, is a very dangerous discourse that presupposes the breakdown of collective projects”.
The President speculates at this point that the country needs collective projects that “call people to give what they have and get what they want.”