The Parliaments of the European Group on Equality insist on the need of providing with a report on gender impact any legislationThe Working Group on Gender Equality of CALRE, Conference of Regional Legislative Assemblies of Europe, coordinated by the president of the Regional Assembly of Murcia, Rosa Peñalver, has analyzed the empirical studies, data and indicators offered by the researchers of recognized national and international prestige, María Ángeles Durán, María del Mar García Calvente, Pilar Carrasquer and Sara de la Rica, during the working days held from 4 to 6 October in Cartagena.

Peñalver has expressed her satisfaction for the good development and future usefulness of this meeting, in which the members of the Special Commission against Discrimination and Gender-based Violence of the Assembly, as well as other regional Deputies have actively participated . "The Regional Assembly has held for the first time a European Workshop, whose conclusions will be forwarded to all European Union institutions in order to boost policies that support real equality between women and men. Gender equality doesn’t belongs to men or women, it should be a priority issue in the political agenda because it concerns the whole society, it’s essential for us to move towards a developed and sustainable model", said the president of the Regional Assembly, Rosa Peñalver.

The presidents attending CALRE group Workshops have discussed with the experts on equality two issues of vital importance for social progress: unpaid work invisibility and its impact on the women's economy, which means a marked impoverishment during their first employment stage and social exclusion risk in old age, and also for health; and the wage gap between women and men, which is increased and remains after the age of 30.

 

ACTIVE POLICIES AND CONCRETE MEASURES

In an increasingly long life society, which in a couple of decades will require that care needs are prioritized to ensure population well-being, the autonomous parliaments consider to be essential to face this reality as soon as possible, promoting more political actions and laws aimed at achieving an equitable distribution of care between women and men, and between family and state, and a greater development of the necessary public services.

Regarding the multidimensional gender wage gap phenomenon, which far from disappearing, remains and it’s reinforced from the thirties, some of the measures studied by the autonomous parliaments have an impact on monitoring and cessation of gender discrimination in the company demanding greater transparency on salaries, labor inspections and a business registration establishment that, additionally, make visible good practices. The CALRE Group also highlights the benefits of implementing the blind curriculum in early hiring stages.

Coinciding gender wage gap growth with maternity, presidents point to the need of applying measures that foster child care co-management from each parent, with initiatives such as non-transferable and successive paternity and maternity leaves or public, universal and free nurseries promotion from 0 to 3 years.

After gender inequalities diagnosis and analysis, and later debate, the Working Group on Gender Equality of CALRE, made up of thirteen Parliaments, Spanish and from other European regions, has concluded the need of providing with a report on gender impact any legislative proposal.

The conclusions, which will be forwarded to all European institutions, will serve as a basis for a future comparative study on gender gaps in European regions.

PARLIAMENTS PROMOTING GENDER EQUALITY

The Working Group on Gender Equality were attended by the president of the Parliament of Andalusia, Juan Pablo Durán, the president of the Parliament of the Canary Islands, Carolina Darias; the president of the Parliament of Cantabria, 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 of 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 participated in the workshops in the Regional Assembly.