One of the major social advances achieved in the last years has been the advances made for the effective equality between men and women. But, this March 8, the International Women’s Day, is marked by the threat of significant regressions in this area.
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The labour law reform approved by Mariano Rajoy’s Cabinet and which will be validated today at the Parliament abolishes the right to reconcile working and family life, which specially affects women in our country. Considering that currently women are the ones who still care for dependent people as well as for children, abolishing this right to reconciling working and family life, the reform will withdraw many women form the labour market.
Likewise, this constitutes a regression of the equality between women and men on the labour market by preventing the implementation of affirmative actions through the collective bargaining of equality measures and plans.
Lastly, the statements made by prominent leaders of the Popular Party prove they intend to abolish the right of women to decide on the sexual and reproductive health.
Therefore, the IDEAS Foundation expresses its opposition to the counter reforms and conservative policies which will seriously affect the social and economic situation of women and their right to decide what to do with their bodies.
In this same sense, it must be noted that the Foundation endorses and supports the Manifesto of March 8 elaborated by the Secretary for Equality of the PSOE.