Gender-based violence is one of the greatest scourges we face as a society. It is a political and social problem of the first order, which represents a huge deficit in our democratic systems. But gender violence is also a work issue, because it is essential that women have a job with decent working conditions so that they can have economic independence, leave their aggressor behind and start a new life.
Reality shows that there is still a long way to go, even more in Andalusia, which holds the shameful podium of being the autonomous community with the most women murdered for the eighth consecutive year. In the workplace, data from the central government’s macro-survey on violence against women also leaves no doubt; 7 de cada 10 mujeres reconocen haber sufrido alguna vez acoso sexual en el trabajo, pero solo el 2.5% ha presentado una denuncia por miedo a no ser creídas, a la revictimización, a perder sus empleos, o por la falta de red de support.
That is why, while women continue to be discriminated against on the grounds of sex, suffer from sexual harassment and continue to be murdered, it is necessary that the administrations provide sufficient resources and the necessary means to combat it.
It is evident that the Andalusian government continues to not prioritize education, awareness, prevention, protection and support measures; it does not convene citizen participation bodies; and goes even further by eliminating the resources
It is so obvious that we are facing a real problem of the first order, that it is difficult to understand why the Andalusian government continues with the trend it started in the previous stage of not betting on the active fight against this plague. A fight in which good words are not worth it, but actions and measures accompanied by a budget, and those of the Andalusian Executive for 2023 are full of European funds and funds from the State Pact against the violence of but, as was the case with the budget in previous years, the own resources intended to combat it were conspicuous by their absence.
It is evident that the Andalusian government continues to not prioritize education, awareness, prevention, protection and support measures; it does not convene citizen participation bodies; and goes even further by eliminating resources; which is reflected, for example, in the fact that gender violence courts continue to be weak.
She also does not have on her political agenda to provide means to deal with harassment in companies or to raise awareness in the workplace, and she dismantles all the mechanisms so that women victims of harassment at work can defend themselves and exercise their rights through the harassment protocol in companies, facilitate geographic mobility or leave, among other options.
There are two ways of being Holocaust denier: that of the macho discourse of those who deny the evidence; and that of those who endanger progress through the policy of not doing and the suppression of resources and measures that defend equality
The political discourse of good will remains only in this, in words; in the meantime, Andalusia needs the government of the junta to commit itself resolutely with its own funds, with structural and permanent expenditure, with adequate and stable personnel. A need that, for the moment, does not seem to be on the political agenda of the president who boasted of being on the agenda of all Andalusians in his victory speech.
In our way of understanding, there are two ways of being negationist and of being against progress and equality: that of the macho and reactionary speeches of those who deny the evidence; and that of those who endanger progress through the policy of not doing and the elimination of resources and measures that defend equality.
In both cases, from the CCOO we will fight it because we believe in equal opportunities and in a society where coexistence and respect are the basis for advancing in equality and democracy.
And this November 25 “International Day Against Gender Violence” we will demonstrate it again by taking to the streets of all Spain and Andalusia.
Because at CCOO we are on the side of women and we will continue to claim, fight, claim and work so that each of us is and is free from any type of violence: sexual, moral or work-related.