About Gender Equality Working Group

The Treaty of the European Union, like many other normative texts, includes in its article 2 that the promotion of equality between women and men is a basic activity for the Union, and is considered in it as a value, an objective and an indicator of economic growth.

Despite legislative advances, both European and national and even regional, discrimination against women persists throughout the world, with different intensity and degree. The inequalities with regard to men are particularly evident in the participation of women in the labor market and access to positions of responsibility; retributions; pensions and economic independence. The activity rate of women is below that of men; Women suffer more from unemployment and they have to work harder to earn the same salary by performing the same job profiles. In the family context, maternity affects their entry and permanence in the labor market, and their dedication to home and family is still much greater than that of men. On the other hand, sexist violence, one of the most extreme exponents of social discrimination based on gender, adopts multiple expressions and increasingly affects young people.

In this context, equality of opportunities between women and men should be considered as a priority issue of social justice, which contributes to the democratic development of societies and supports a criterion of economic efficiency.

For that purpose, the autonomous parliaments and legislative assemblies, which are one of the most immediate interlocutors to meet the demands and claims of citizens, and which represent more and better the different sensitivities, play a significant role in removing obstacles to achieve real equality between women and men in all areas of social, economic, cultural and political representativeness.

In this regard, the Working Group on Gender Equality 2018 brings together for the first time at the Regional Assembly of Murcia representatives of six autonomous parliaments, experts in gender perspective and the Commission against Gender Discrimination and Violence of the Chamber to analyze the gender gaps and provide intervention proposals capable of reducing inequalities.

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Rosa Peñalver Pérez

The president of the Assembly and Equality coordinator of CALRE, welcomes the regional parliaments

The president of the Assembly and Equality coordinator of CALRE, welcomes the regional parliamentsThe president of the Regional Assembly, Rosa Peñalver, and coordinator of the Working Group on Gender Equality of CALRE 2018, - Conference of Regional Legislative Assemblies of Europe, will today officially welcome the presidents of autonomous parliaments participating in the meeting, together with the president of the Parliament of the Canary Islands and COPREPA- Conference of Autonomous Parliaments-, Carolina Darias.

After the official opening of the CALRE meeting in the Regional Assembly, which will take place in the Prince's Hall at 9:30 am, the Yard of the Regions will host an intense working day, in which the experts in equality María del Mar García Calvente, Pilar Carrasquer and Sara de la Rica, will analyze the inequalities between women and men, taking into account different aspects such as the impact on employment and health of care work on the caregiver, or the gender wage gap.

In this link you can consult the daily agenda for today, October 5: http://www.asambleamurcia.es/eventos/20181005/380855

In the meeting of the Group on Gender Equality of CALRE, participate the president of the Andalusian Parliament, Juan Pablo Durán; the president of the Parliament of the Canary Islands and president of COPREPA, Carolina Darias; the president of the Parliament of Cantabria, María Dolores Gorostiaga; the president of the Assembly of Extremadura, Blanca Martín; and the president of the Parliament of the Balearic Islands, Baltasar Picornell.

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María Ángeles Durán will deepen into the role of "Women and men in the Spanish economy"

María Ángeles Durán will deepen into the role of "Women and men in the Spanish economy"María Ángeles Durán Heras, Professor in Sociology and Professor 'ad honorem' at CSIC, will open the workshops of the Group on Gender Equality of CALRE , -Conference of the Regional Legislative Assemblies of Europe-, with her open conference "Women and men in the Spanish economy ". 

The professor in Sociology and researcher, National Award of Sociology and Political Science, and National Research Award for Social, Economic and Legal Sciences, Pascual Madoz, will deliver the opening lecture of the meeting at 8 pm in the Conference Room of the Working Group on Gender Equality of the European Parliaments, CALRE.

Durán has a long research and teaching career, characterized by opening new research channels such as unpaid work, social situation of women, and their social and work environment, care economy and inequality in the use of time. Among her countless professional merits, it is worth noting that she was the first woman to achieve a Proffesorship in Sociology in Spain, in 1982; and was one of the first researchers to carry out works with a feminist bias in the Spanish academic world. Doctor honoris causa by three universities, María Ángeles Durán has also collaborated with organizations such as the International Labour Organization or the United Nations Development Program, and has written more than two hundred papers about unpaid employment, time and inequality.

At the meeting of the CALRE Group on Gender Equality, -Conference of the Regional Legislative Assemblies-, coordinated by the President of the Regional Assembly, Rosa Peñalver, take part the President of the Parliament of Andalusia, Juan Pablo Durán; the president of the Parliament of the Canary Islands and president of COPREPA -Conference of autonomous parliaments-, Carolina Darias; the president of the Parliament of Cantabria, María Dolores Gorostiaga; the president of the Assembly of Extremadura, Blanca Martín; and the president of the Parliament of the Balearic Islands, Baltasar Picornell.

A large delegation from the Parliament of Cantabria, made up of the first Vice-President, María Rosa Valdés; the spokesperson for Podemos Parliamentary Group, Verónica Ordóñez; and the deputies María Isabel Urrutia (Popular Parliamentary Group), Silvia Abascal, (Socialist Parliamentary Group), and Matilde Ruiz (Regionalist Parliamentary Group), also attend the workshop in the Regional Assembly.

Representatives of autonomous parliaments and experts in equality will analyze the gender gaps in the Assembly

Representatives of autonomous parliaments and experts in equality will analyze the gender gaps in the AssemblyThe Regional Assembly of Murcia will host from 4 to 6 October the workshop of the Working Group on Gender Equality of CALRE - entity that brings together the Legislative Assemblies of the European Union -, coordinated by the president of the Chamber, Rosa Peñalver. During the meeting, representatives of six autonomous parliaments, experts in gender perspective and the Special Commission against Discrimination and Gender Violence will analyze the different gender gaps in order to provide intervention proposals that help to promote initiatives capable of reducing inequalities.

"This is the first time that the Assembly has hosted workshops with a European projection, in which prestigious professors from different universities will address, from the point of view of rigor and research, the wage gaps between women and men, the damage that dependent people care causes in health and women's economy, the many variables that influence the wage gap or the different impact of men and women on the economy. With this analysis we want to reach intervention proposals that may shorten the gap between women and men", explained the president of the Assembly, Rosa Peñalver, about the workshops.

The workshops were attended by the Parliament of Andalusia, Parliament of the Canary Islands, Parliament of Cantabria, Assembly of Extremadura, Parliament of the Balearic Islands and the Regional Assembly of Murcia.

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The Regional Assembly will promote gender equality with a conference among European parliaments

The Yard of the Regions of the Regional Assembly of Murcia will host the workshops of the  Group on Gender Equality of CALRE.

Cartagena, 7 August 2018

On October 4, 5 and 6, experts on gender equality, such as María Ángeles Durán, María del Mar García Calvente, Pilar Carrasquer and Sara de la Rica, will analyze different aspects such as the gender wage gap and institutional, cultural and organizational barriers that enhance it, or the impact of taking care on the health of carers as an exponent of gender inequalities, in order to promote policies that make regional legislatures in institutions more sensitive to gender equality and non-discrimination for reasons of sexual orientation, identity or gender expression.

In this sense, the president of the Assembly, Rosa Peñalver, has stressed that "real equality between women and men remains an outstanding challenge and ongoing initiatives are needed, especially in certain areas such as the participation of women in the labor market , salaries, pensions, economic independence, gender violence and presence in responsibility roles ".

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