“We must generate professional sectors in the field of the care economy to make women’s work worthy”


“Need Generating professional pathways within the framework of the care and attention economy and ultimately to dignify both quantitatively and qualitatively these tasks because they have an important social contribution”. This is one of the conclusions of the report ‘Women, jobs and care: proposals and future prospects’ which was prepared by the Economic and Social Council of Spain (CESA) and which was presented this Friday at the Huesca campus.

Elena BlascoPresident of the Commission on the Social Reality and Work of Women in Spain, is responsible for this study whichAnalyzes inequalities between women and men in paid work and in the care and attention to people, pandemic impact and the possibilities in this area of state plan for recovery, transformation and resilience.

The objective, he explained, is “to make visible all the structural gender inequalities that women have suffered over the years and also discover what tools we have to be able to achieve this transformation in terms of equality and come out of this crisis with more progress”.

Among other findings, the report indicates that the pandemic has reduced the income of women by 4% more than that of men. For this reason, he calls for increased efforts to make Spain a more egalitarian country and recalls that before the pandemic, our country ranked sixth in the European Union in terms of equality between women and men. men.

Elena Blasco remarked that “We have a long way to go” with challenges such as the promotion of employment, reconciliation, co-responsibility, the intensification of the active participation of women in sectors with high added value “and that productive systems are transformed in a more inclusive and egalitarian way”.

One of the aspects covered by this report is the female unpaid work overload, which increased with the crisis derived from the pandemic. “With covid, the perpetuation of the sexual division of labor and the differential use of time in terms of care, assistance and dependency tasks have intensified,” he stressed, making it difficult to access from the female collective to employment. “This has caused an increase in unpaid work which has again fallen directly on women, a structural inequality which is attributed to us almost for life and for free”regretted.

To face this reality, he called for “a more global vision of a new system of care economy, not only in the sphere of reconciliation and co-responsibility of the home but with institutional supportwhich must be accompanied by clear strategies, training, professional development and better preparation of women”.

Increase in gender-based violence

This study also warns against increase in gender-based violence (complaints via 016 and online chat increased by 180% in 2020) and also by cyber sexual harassment. Additionally, Elena Blasco warned of the danger of mentality of many young people “who consider it something natural and even presumable that if it’s not particularly intense, you can live with it”. Indeed, according to the report, the proportion of young people who deny the existence of gender-based violence has increased from 12% in 2019 to 20% in 2020. A vision which, according to him, must be combated through awareness-raising and training ” to end cultural and sexist stereotypes”.

For its part, Melanie Walldean of the Faculty of Business and Public Management of Huesca, in the Aula Magna from which the report was presented, highlighted the importance of this report and stressed that the University can play a fundamental role in this area “and of this faculty We try to bring our grain of sand to move towards this effective equality between men and women in all spheres of life because the pandemic has only made the situation worse and there is still a lot to be done”.

The act attended Antoine Costas, President of the Economic and Social Council of Spain, a government advisory body in socio-economic and labor matters. also participated Jose Manuel LasierraPresident of the Economic and Social Council of Aragon, and Luis Lanaspadirector general of the economy of the DGA.

Costas thanked the Huesca Campus of Unizar and CES-Aragón for their involvement in this act and indicated that this report pIt can help the process of building “a new social contract”which updates the post-war era of World War II and gives an equal role to women.

Round table

The act also had a table of women representing various areas of Aragonese society. In this part, moderated by the director of Diario del Alto Aragón Elena Puertolasthey intervened Mary Jesus LagunaPresident of the Association of Monegros Companies; begona perez, Secretary General of Citizenship Services of CC. oh. Arragon; Yes Angelique MazoCommunity Social Services Secretary of the UGT Public Services Federation.

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