The government of Castilla-La Mancha has highlighted the invaluable work done by housewives because “to talk about housewives is to talk about work”. With these words, the Minister of Equality and Spokesperson, Blanca Fernández, expressed it, who rejected the traditional idea that designates them as women who do not work, when the opposite is true. “Housewives are women who are not paid for their work, but who do not stop working every day, without Saturdays, Sundays, holidays or holidays,” she said.
Blanca Fernández attended today the Provincial Meeting of Housewives of Ciudad Real in Calzada de Calatrava, which brought together more than 550 women from different municipalities in the province, and which also included the President of the Provincial Council, José Manuel Caballero ; the mayor of Calzada de Calatrava, Gema García; the delegate of the Council in the province, Carmen Teresa Olmedo; the provincial delegate for equality, Manoli Nieto-Márquez; the president of the provincial delegation of the Association of Housewives, Rosalía Casado; and the local president, María José de la Calle.
The Minister for Equality and Spokesperson has chosen to make visible the work of housewives who “have been and continue to be, to a large extent, the backbone of the welfare state in our country” and recalled that in Spain, unpaid care work represents 34,000 million euros per year, which represents 80% of Castilla-La Mancha’s GDP.
Moreover, this same work represents 130 million hours a day, a figure that is equivalent to 16 million people working eight hours a day without receiving any pay. For this work to move forward, explained the Minister, we must thank “the millions of women who are housewives, who work tirelessly, and also the millions of women who work outside and inside interior”, although they are increasingly joining men in care work.
“In short, said the minister, today is the day of housewives and we must recognize all their work, we must make them visible because housewives in our country have been invisible for too long. Not only was their work unpaid, it was not. recognized,” said Blanca Fernández.
Another reflection that the adviser made in this regard is that policies are not trivial and, to this extent, cutting is not the same as investing to strengthen the welfare state and the dependency system. Blanca Fernández recalled the strengthening that the dependency system has experienced in the region since Emiliano García-Page governs, because today “we are considered one of the two best autonomous communities in our country in this matter “We invest almost 600 million euros a year, we serve nearly 65,000 people a year. It’s the dignity and quality of life of dependent people.”
Some policies have another derivative and that is that those who care for these dependent people are women. For this reason, the adviser affirmed “to the extent that the welfare state is supported by public policies and not only on the backs of women, it makes the world much fairer and allows women to leave their homes to working, having hobbies or a life of one’s own, something that we don’t talk about, but which is also very necessary”.
Joint responsibility. Alongside these fundamental orientations, the Minister for Equality has launched a reflection for the whole of society and it is that between the ages of 30 and 40, after maternity and also when mothers and fathers begin to age, women take care of them. For this reason, he underlined the importance that men, together with public administrations, jointly assume responsibility for these tasks.
To this end, the Government of Castilla-La Mancha launched the Correspondents Plan last year, to which between last year and this year it has allocated 32 million euros; the investment in the province of Ciudad Real was 6.5 million euros. “These are numbers, cold numbers, but they help to make life fairer and women’s backs are more relieved,” stressed Blanca Fernández.
The councilor had words of gratitude towards the local and provincial association for the organization of this meeting and also towards the Consistory, directed by its mayor, for the support which it brought to make it possible. Finally, she stressed that “the work of the Provincial Association of Housewives is essential because it helps to make them visible, but also to weave links, activities and a social and associative life essential to the proper functioning of society. and institutions”. This provincial meeting of housewives of Ciudad Real also served as a tribute and recognition to Bienvenida Pérez, promoter of this association.