April 7, 2021
First anniversary of the Geneva Consensus Declaration
In recent months we have talked a lot about the Geneva Consensus Declaration. Today, 7 April, marks the first anniversary of its launch.
These are some of the key elements of the Declaration:
- It is well known that the United Nations and other multilateral organizations manipulate developing countries to receive aid in exchange for measures that violate their values. They are often intimidated into making changes with which they disagree. One way to support countries that embraced the dignity of human life and the family was through the formation of a coalition that would enable those countries to form a bond and stand united against the coercive tactics used against them and to which they often succumbed.
- The document affirms that women's health should be promoted by respecting human life from conception, strengthening the family and respecting the sovereignty of each nation. Many countries have debated and decided their own policy positions, which reflect their internal values. Sovereign nations have the right to decide their own laws and policies and should NEVER be coerced.
- The Geneva Consensus Declaration far surpassed the co-signatories of previous agreements and declarations, also led by the United States. And although the United States pulled out of the Declaration as soon as Biden took office, we are confident that more countries will join the DCG. If we were able to achieve 35 in a short time, I am confident that we could achieve even more.
- The Declaration is the only unprecedented and historic instrument of its kind. It brings together sovereign nations from all regions of the world, including the South Pacific. If communications and engagement among DCG countries remains strong, it can be very effective in enabling local (national) political representatives to resist external ideological pressures.
- Following the departure of the United States, Brazil has agreed to take the lead and stand in the place of the United States in coordinating the efforts of the DCG countries.
- While the Declaration must be signed by sovereign nations, a decision made by the Executive (usually the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Health), the role of NGOs is very important as support and encouragement in their countries or as a measure of pressure for those who have not yet done so to join.
You can see the video summary of the Declaration here.
January 17, 2021
Geneva Declaration Consensus
We send to the ministry the 24 measures of the advent calendar
We have sent the Spanish Minister of Equality a letter, by administrative mail, with our 24 Measures to the Ministry of Equality.
In the letter we asked him to take families into account, and to use the money he will receive for the sake of true equality between men and women, with special emphasis on supporting motherhood and families, the main victims of these months of crisis by COVID-19. You can not waste public money, now less than ever, in ideological programs leaving aside the real problems of Spanish society. We are waiting for an answer.
December 10, 2020
24 Pro-women measures that equality should include in the PGE 2021
Advent calendar for the Minister for Equality
The Spanish delegation of Women of the World has created its particular "Advent Calendar" with the 24 measures that we believe that Irene Montero should implement with the money that the general state budget for 2021 will provide to her ministry.
These are 24 measures of real support for real women. And real equality, not discrimination against men or positive discrimination against women.
They are proposals and answers to the needs of so many women, so many mothers who are unable to reconcile work and family life, who are unable to move forward and see how the Ministry of Equality squanders money on reports and campaigns that have nothing to do with equality. There are ways out and we have to know them in order to demand them.
Woman: mother and professional. Measures to reconcile work and family, entrepreneurship and to combat female unemployment.
1.- Free vocational training courses with a job bank for women in vulnerable situations, mothers with exclusive dedication to the family and women with long-term unemployment.
2.- Rebate on self-employed quotas for young women and enterprising mothers who return to the professional sphere.
3.- Incentives for companies that hire women who return to work, special incentives if they are mothers and fathers of large families.
Promotion of teleworking, with the support of technological material so that those women who, due to their circumstances (caring for family and children, mobility, rural world, etc.) want to opt for this conciliation tool, are not obliged to give up their professional career whenever possible.
5.- Improve the conditions of leaves of absence, reductions in working hours and other types of care leave for those people who request it in order to care for their families: children and dependents.
6.- To establish an employment exchange for service, care and company of elderly people who live alone, those who are dependent, as well as care for young children. At the same time facilitate a cheque for child-dependent person so that the family can use it freely as a help to hire someone from the employment exchange.
Measures to recognize the work of mothers in society. Tribute to the "Invisible Women".
7.- Campaigns of recognition and awareness of the great hidden social and economic work carried out by the "invisible women": thousands of mothers in Spain who dedicate themselves exclusively to the family. National register of women with exclusive dedication to the family to be counted as a satellite account in the GDP.
8.- Financing of a special subsidy for maternity, illness and retirement for mothers with exclusive dedication to the family, not subject to contribution periods or working life.
9.- Aid to mothers with exclusive dedication to the family with lower per capita family income, in the form of scholarships for school supplies or baby care products in small shops in their environment (thus, in addition, it helps small businesses that many, by the way, are run by women).
Measures in support of motherhood and childbearing
10.- Extension and financing of maternity leave up to 24 weeks, as this is the time recommended by the WHO as ideal to maintain breastfeeding.
11.- Support for single mothers or those in vulnerable situations, especially the youngest ones, either directly or through entities that are already doing so, with housing and work.
12.- To reward and promote with a distinctive seal those associations, organisations and companies that carry out special work in support of families. This seal entails a series of points that benefit the entity at a fiscal level, at the time of obtaining subsidies and for contracting with public administrations.
13.- Scholarships for study, research and paid internships for those university mothers with academic excellence and without work experience.
14.- Implement nurseries in universities so that young university women with children under 3 years of age can continue their studies and reconcile their student life with their family life.
Measures against discrimination against women on the grounds of maternity
15.- Awareness campaign against ?maternal mobbing? ? harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace because of being or being able to be a mother. Special diffusion among the youngest women who face for the first time the work environment in the job interview.
16.- Labour inspection and administrative-judicial investigation of the cases and effective protection for women who have suffered maternal mobbing, providing incentives for companies to relocate them to new jobs or training them so that they can launch their own business.
Measures against violence, objectification and exploitation of women, especially those in situations of special vulnerability.
Campaigns to prevent the hypersexualization of girls, pornography and the million-dollar industry behind it by objectifying women, their bodies and their sexuality. Special emphasis on re-educating men in the integral respect for women.
18.- Campaigns to denounce sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and girls, and to prevent prostitution.
19.- Awareness campaign, universal denunciation and stop to the surrogate wombs for being a business that violates women by exploiting them reproductively, and that is being silenced and is being carried out in Spain through the filial registration of children born by the wrongly called "surrogate motherhood".
Women and Health
20.- Training courses focused on the vital stages of women and other topics that may be of interest to them: sexuality and female fertility, natural planning methods, pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding, babywearing, menopause, and breast cancer prevention.
21.- Support in the research of those diseases and pathologies of high incidence in women, such as: breast cancer, autoimmune diseases, eating disorders.
22.- To establish and develop a single, homogeneous protocol throughout Spain for the medical and psychological support of families who have suffered gestational or perinatal loss, so that they can say a dignified farewell to their child and can dispose of their remains for their subsequent burial or cremation.
Real equality in complementarity with men
23.- Economic penalties for any type of act, campaign or publicity, whether public or private, that directly attacks equality between sexes and its content is discriminatory or criminalizes men for the simple fact of being men.
24.- Campaigns on gender equality in complementarity, funding of research projects on the biological and psychological differences between masculine and feminine and review of theories in humanities and social science disciplines on patriarchy and structural machismo.
You can download the document with the 24 proposals here: https://www.womenworldplatform.com/files/20201210193032-24-propuestas-ministerio-igualdad-final.pdf