INEQUALITY AND VIOLENCE
In commemorating the day of working women we want to echo women. But not an echo in which we congratulate ourselves for being one. But of inequality and structural violence that affects women. And that they are, for us, a priority in our mission, according to our charism.
The inequality and structural violence that affects us women so much has become a serious and acute public problem, much more visible during the pandemic and with consequences that should concern us all.
- Gender-based violence (data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System) in 2020 soared up to 130% during the pandemic. Underlying gender violence is a concept of discrimination against women. It is “any action or conduct, based on your gender, that causes you physical, sexual or psychological harm. And this, both in the public and private spheres”. And in the development of any person, the consequences of these acts are devastating.
- Economic crises continue to disproportionately affect women. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has highlighted that the Covid-19 pandemic has generated a marked setback of more than a decade in the levels of labor participation of women in the region.
The causes of these structural problems that disadvantage women are extremely complex. Therefore, we must give ourselves the opportunity to speak more about this from a multidisciplinary point of view, as has been done with many other issues that at first seemed irreconcilable.