Canary Islands, at the forefront in public reconciliation policies

From left to right, Noemí Santana, Ángel Víctor Torres, Irene Montero and Ángela Rodríguez. / EFE/Angel Medina G.

The archipelago is the first community to sign the Corresponsables plan with the Ministry of Equality. The goal is "to give women time to live," says Irene Montero

The Canary Islands "take the lead in the development of public policies for conciliation" being the first community in which the
Ministry of Equality signs with a regional Executive the protocol of the
Co-responsible plan. This was stated today by the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, in the act in which the signature that
will allow to invest almost 20 million euros in 2022 in care.

"It is impossible to open a business, company,... without the care", a task that falls mostly on
women. And they have done it "at the expense of their time, work because they assume part-time shifts, and leisureThey take it on in an inconspicuous and unpaid way," he added.

time for women

The Corresponsables plan has "a very clear objective: to give women time to live", affirmed the minister who explained that it is “obvious that tasks must be divided between women and men, but the State must be co-responsible. It cannot be that half of the population, because they are women, do not have time », she added.

The Corresponsables plan aims to
offer "safe places" so that children under 16 "can be" while their families, especially women, have "time to go to work, look for a job or go to a concertMontero said.

Care: "growth engine"

The minister recalled that care can be a
“engine of growth and stable source of employment”which is what the plan aims to reach 30,000 families and 59,000 boys and girls, according to initial estimates.

For her part, the counselor
Social rightsNoemí Santana, highlighted that the signing of
this plan is "a historical fact because we are laying the foundations of the new care model".

“A step of this depth had never been taken. Finally, the administrations are going to become co-responsible", he stressed.
Ángela Rodríguez, Secretary of State for Equality and Against Gender Violence. «
Conciliation is a rightthe equality law must be complied with and not doing so is detrimental to the lives of women“, he added.

Reconciliation measures

The detail of the plan was explained by Concepción Brito, president of the
Canarian Federation of Municipalities (FECAM). Brito, who thanked the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, and the Minister of Equality for the example of "co-governance", explained that the plan
Corresponsables will favor conciliation measures and generate employment in all the municipalities of the Canary Islands because it will be applied adapted to the population.

He has what he called
a “solidarity fund”, for municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants and the rest will be distributed according to the number of children under 16 years of age who live in the municipality.

The plan, Montero added,
It also plans to help the programs that family associations and AMPAs already have under way.such as early pick up or after school activities.

poverty and women

Torres, for his part, was grateful that this plan is put into operation for the first time in
The Canary Islands, a region "with chronic poverty and which is mostly supported by women". Wealth is poorly distributed and policies and governments are needed to bet on this part“, referring to the most vulnerable people.

48 hours ago we presented the strategic plan for Education to educate minors from 0 to 3 years of age in a public and free way for social justice and political commitment«, that is why he congratulated, he said, that »
economic policies finally go to those who need it«.

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