The Minister of Women and Gender Equity, Antonia Orellana, rejected the accusations of “cardboard feminism” from the right for the withdrawal of the urgency of the project on postnatal leave and called not to create false expectations.

Sunday October 30, 2022 2:57 p.m.

The Minister for Women and Gender Equity, Antonia Orellana, stated that the Executive is willing to talk with the right and reach an agreement on the project that temporarily extends postnatal leave until December 31, but “without populism, without create false expectations.

Speaking to the program Channel 13, Central Tablethe Secretary of State affirmed that the withdrawal of the urgency of the initiative proposed by the Government responded to the fact that extending the initiative for another month implies more resources and a project cannot be approved if it does not have the necessary financing.

“We are willing to reach agreements, but we cannot accept that in the first place false expectations are created for women because if we had not withdrawn the urgency, which was a way of returning the debate to the labor commission, what would have happened is that a law with an extension until December would have been approved, but without funds. It would have been a dead letter and a huge frustration for those who have to process their permits,” Orellana said.

He added that “We agree to reach an agreement in the Labor Commission, but without going on to carry out the rules of the game. The deputies know perfectly well that they cannot propose things that result in fiscal spending”, regarding the criticism from the right about “cardboard feminism”.

Orellana insisted that “We are available with the minister (Jeannette) Jara to reach an agreement with the parliamentarians, but this has to be done without populism, without creating false expectations. that, because they propose something, there are the resources for it”.

Regarding criticism, the minister recalled that women are the Government’s priority and proof of this are initiatives such as the economic recovery plan Chile Supports, the Parental Responsibility Law and the effective payment of alimony or the comprehensive law on violence against women. women.

He indicated that in previous times, in the Piñera government, the Ministry of Women’s funds were reduced, which shows that there was no priority to attend to women in the first reception and in 2018, a third of women were fired. civil servants who worked at Women’s Centers.

In relation to the pension reform project that the Executive will send to Parliament, Orellana affirmed that this initiative will recognize “domestic and care work” to complement the low density of contributions “product of the impact, among other things, of maternity and care, and therefore women, who were the main affected by that unfair and extreme AFP system that I hope we can overcome because the country can no longer withstand another pension reform Unless it materializes, women are going to be the main beneficiaries of the mixed pension system proposal that we are going to make”.

On the other hand, the minister affirmed that among her priorities for this year, there is also the Comprehensive Law on Violence against Women and that in terms of abortion, if the government came out to speak on the subject, it was because of the “extremist attempt of parliamentarians who They want to repeal the abortion law on three grounds.”

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