8M in Salta: for a State with a transversal perspective and a gender perspective

“The demands are so many that we have not had time to synthesize”Said yesterday Sofia Fernandez, member of the organization La Fuerza de las Mujeres and of the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion. In this way, it is clear, once again, that March 8 is not a day of celebration, since the need to claim the rights won is in line with the claim for the inequalities that women and people of the LGBTQ community.

Added to this is the recent femicide of Lorraine Alejandra Cardozo, the young woman whose body was found last Friday in the vicinity of the San Javier landfill, in the southeast area of ​​the Capital. Precisely, her family and her friends, headed by Carlos Cardozo and Lorena Cruzfather and mother of the young woman, attended the press conference offered by the organizers of #8M at the gates of the Judicial City, and added his request for justice for his daughter and all the victims of femicide.

“What is happening to us with justice is important and that is why we are here today, because Every time we come to denounce we are weakened, impoverished and revictimized,” Fernandez stated. And it is that the situation of violence of women and diversities from Salta is not being responded with effective public policies and that play in their favor, even in cases in which they claim the right to housing.

At least that’s how Fernández described it, who said that they have received several cases of women who denounced violence and ended up “being lectured and even expelled from their homes because it is also the place where violent people live.” For this reason, from the transfeminist movements there are a strong questioning of the Judiciary which, through judges and prosecutors, issues rulings that do not recognize the context of gender-based violence in which women are immersed and end up supporting a macho and patriarchal justice.

The militant of La Fuerza de las Mujeres added to her questioning the null or little state budget for awareness programs and protocols for assistance to victims. “But to remodel squares, put LED lights, or for pots, there is a budget,” he criticized. “There are police stations where complaints are not yet taken from the victims and where the law is broken because it is not allowed to enter to make complaints with protective assistants,” claimed. In that sense, she said that several of the women who offer to be assistants to the victims of violence, “later they are persecuted.”

For Fernández, there must be a “transversal perspective with a gender perspective throughout the national and provincial State”. “We don’t want two events to be held at the Cultural Plant or in the Park,” he added, disagreeing with the activities organized by the Salta government and the city’s Municipality, within the framework of the March 8 activities.

In Salta, since 2014 a public emergency has been declared in social matters due to gender violence. This emergency authorizes the provincial Executive Power to carry out all the actions it deems appropriate to “provide a solution to the critical situation and order the allocation and incorporation of the necessary budget items for such purposes”, according to the norm. This enables it -among its main actions- to guarantee the implementation of public policies aimed at addressing the problem of gender violence from an intersectoral and participatory approach, and at various levels of government, in addition to developing a provincial action plan for the prevention, approach and eradication of gender violence.

Although at the beginning of December last year the provincial cabinet was created to mainstream gender policies, the minister of government of the province, Ricardo Villada, recognized that since the emergency was declared due to gender violence,progress has been little” to date, for which reason he maintained that the commitment must be reaffirmed and new visions of how to work must be reaffirmed.

Fits with women

Veronica Liendro, of the La Dignidad Popular Movement, expressed his discomfort at the casualties produced at the national level in the program Enhance Work. He assured that this withdrawal of money implied a great loss of income for many women from poor neighborhoods who are heads of household and that “we have children in charge, with rents that have risen and with increases in food purchases.” “That takes away from our economy hits us hard,” highlighted, stating that women and people of diversity need a salary recomposition, and the implementation of the transvestite job opening.

In that sense He said that the Executive Branches end up “adjusting from below, and we women are below, who are the ones who have the least job opportunities.” Liendro also highlighted the inequality in care tasks because “we are the women who take care of the home and we cannot go out to work because we have nowhere to leave our children.” That is why one of the requests on this new March 8 is the implementation of state nurseries. “Today we have a great lack of protection from the government,” she said.

According to the new results of the Economic Monitor of Salta with a Gender Perspective, corresponding to the third quarter of 2022, from the Institute of Economic Research (IIE)the largest employed population in the province is found in the area of ​​commerce (20%), the manufacturing industry (11%) and construction (11%). There it is pointed out that, in terms of income, men generate 56%, and women the remaining 44%, without including the care tasks that many women assume and are not paid.

Regarding the proportions, the report makes it clear that “in most activities, men receive higher salaries“, with a salary gap of 12% in the third quarter of last year. “Similarly, there are jobs where the gap is greater for men, given that the labor composition is lower for women, it is not that they earn more but that they are less”, the report explains, giving as an example the construction situation, where 99% of the people who work are men.

Another specific demand is access to housing. From the Union of Tenants of Salta, Natalia Soraire He expressed the claim for the high rental costs and the difficulty of facing them with the low salaries of women and dissidents, discrimination against children and dissidents, and evictions. “We need public policies with a gender perspective”, insisted.

The march in the city of Salta is called at 6:30 p.m. in the central square, July 9. Among the slogans, the request for an effective implementation of the Comprehensive Sexual Education Law, the cessation of sexual abuse in childhood and the criminalization of Protective Mothers. Along with supporting the project Law for the Salary Recognition of Community Canteens and Canteens Workers promoted by La Poderosa, and which will be presented this Wednesday the 8th in the National Congress.

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J. A. Allen

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