translated from Spanish: UN Women and PRODEMU held a talk of corsponsabiliad and conciliation to advance gender equality

The National Director of the PRODEMU Foundation (Promotion and Development of Women) Paola Diez together with the Director of UN Women, María Inés Salamanca, headed the Conversation “Coresponsibility and Conciliation. Eliminating Barriers” that took place this Friday in the Bicentennial Building. In order to make the importance of generating debates around social and parental co-responsibility and the different forms of reconciliation within the family, the talk brought together various authorities, academics, social researchers and women from the business world, who shared the different looks of the panelists invited to delve into this topic. The talk was attended by President of Comunidad Mujer Mercedes Duci, Vice President of Sofofofa Janet Awad and Roberto Celedón, psychologist and magister in Public Policy Management and executive director of the Crea Equidad Foundation. During the event, the panellists presented and reflected on one of the main problems in society, and that has to do with the distribution of roles within families, which is where the first stereotypes and gender gaps are generated Women are assigned work related to home, family, and dependent and male care, public-related tasks, decision-making and paid employment. For the National Director of PRODEMU, “social and family co-responsibility is a fundamental axis for achieving gender equity. In order for women to be able to go out into the public space, develop and occupy all the spaces on an equal footing with men, we need men to participate in the fair distribution of domestic work and care, as it is their responsibility as an integral part of the family group.” Today, many women remain the only ones in charge of household chores, which directly affects their personal and work development, because of their unavailability to study, undertake and be free over the use of their own time. That’s why from “Co-responsibility and Conciliation. Eliminating Barriers” the call is to break with the historical and cultural construction that women are in charge of household chores and share these roles among all members of the family group.” Although women’s access to economic resources has generally improved, the distribution of unpaid care work remains very unequal. In families, women do three times as much domestic work and unpaid care as men, so advancing legislation that aims to generate universal care policies and integrates co-responsibility is key for women’s autonomy and economic empowerment,” said UN Women Director María Inés Salamanca. The purpose of the meeting was to inform about this concept that mobilizes society. The activity marks the beginning of a partnership between PRODEMU and UN Women, which is part of a specific training and training programme. The first lady and president of Prodemu, Cecilia Morel noted that the foundation “seeks to advance the equality of rights and duties between men and women and also in their personal and professional development. That is why such initiatives are very important, as they connect agencies such as UN Women, academia, the business world and social organizations. As President of Prodemu, I am very proud of this “Removing Barriers” seminar.

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