The UN defends women’s economic participation for growth

The participation of women in the economy is "essential" to achieve growth at a critical moment like the present, and to guarantee the se should revalue issues such as care tasks, The regional director of UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean, the Uruguayan María-Noel Vaeza, affirmed this Thursday.

In a meeting with foreign media in La Paz, Vaeza recalled that the setback due to the covid-19 pandemic "it has been very bad" regarding the economic participation of women.

"It had taken us 20 years to reach 52% of the participation of women in the economy and we have had a setback of 15%"which is attributed to the issue of care, since many times they do not have anyone to leave their minor or disabled children with, or their older adults.

Vaeza argued that there is a problem that "for there to be harmony in the home care is needed and the one who does it is the woman"which prevents it from achieving economic autonomy.

For this reason, he considered it important to establish comprehensive or care networks "public, private, community" that allow women to have a space to work.

"We have seen with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that if women work, the world would grow 35% more. We are speaking at a critical moment like it is now, the economic participation of women is essential for growth and sustainable human development, growth with quality"Vaeza said.

Vaeza stressed the need to "revalue the issue of care, recognize that there is a co-responsibility with men and reduce it" to give women the opportunity to integrate into the economy.

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Precisely the XV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will address as a central theme "The Care Society: Horizon for a sustainable recovery with gender equality".

The meeting, which will take place from November 7 to 11 in Argentina, is the main regional forum on women’s rights and gender equality that seeks to outline common work points and in coordination with social, political and feminist organizations.

Vaeza has been in Bolivia since Monday to "commit your support to action for the advancement of women"with an emphasis on indigenous and peasant women, according to a UN Women press release.

The representative visited the cities of Santa Cruz, Sucre and is now in La Paz, with an agenda that has included meetings with authorities of the national Executive, the judicial body, the private sector and civil society, among others.

The Uruguayan claimed to be "happy" with what was seen in Bolivia and praised the actions of the Government of Luis Arce for the "depatriarchalization"something that the Bolivian president proposed last month at the United Nations General Assembly.

In this area, Arce proposed declaring the "Decade of Depatriarchalization to Fight All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls"a goal that, according to Vaeza, "takes time and can be done".

Bolivia registered 69 femicides between January and September, according to data from the Prosecutor’s Office, and is the fifth country in the region where these crimes are committed the most, according to UN Women.

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