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The new cabinet: no place for 'the weak'

2021-09-18T18:10:44.351Z

Following the results of the Paso, the government responds to the conservative advance and criticism of the gender agenda by leaving women out.



Mariana Iglesias

09/18/2021 12:41 PM

  • Clarín.com

  • Society

Updated 09/18/2021 3:00 PM

During his presidential campaign,

Alberto Fernández spoke about gender equality

and his commitment to make abortion law.

The Frente de Todos came to government, in part, because it had the support of feminism.

The announcement of that first cabinet, in December 2019, had a bitter taste: of 21 ministries, only 4 would be occupied by women.

She was

twice the number of female ministers of her predecessor

, but 19% of women were nowhere near the desired parity.

The unease, at least, had a counterweight: almost 100% of the cabinet was "green", that is, all the appointed officials, regardless of their gender,

agreed with the most important claim of the feminist movements.

That campaign promise was fulfilled.

The Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy became law, was sanctioned, regulated, and

has a new care protocol.

The other great news that the government of Alberto Fernández brought was the creation of the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity,

a hierarchy that had been crying out (without success) in the face of the urgency of gender violence and

femicides, and the need to think long-term public policies to end inequality.

The lawyer Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta was appointed to the head.

Today,

one of the two remaining ministers in the cabinet

.

The other is Carla Vizzotti, at the head of Health, who has not held that position since the beginning of the administration.

It is not the photo they promised,

it is not the photo we want to see

.

What is the message it conveys?

A very old one: that

women only deal with “women's” issues,

or care, and that for “important” issues there are men.

It is, moreover, a wrong message: "gender" is not an isolated "theme" but it is transversal to everything.

The retrocess

They want to trace the slap of Las Paso with political negotiation.

It responds to the advance of conservatism and the right with old bishops

who in some matters resemble them too much.

Surely that is the strategy:

if the potatoes burn, the "males" are called.

It is not the answer that much of society expected.

From

the opposition the gender agenda is criticized

, and instead of making gala

expanding rights

and the realization of the projects underway, become

distant officials to that agenda

.

It can be said that the rights won will not be touched.

In

a context of anti-rights advance

not only national but global, it is a dangerous move.

Is anything fair in politics?

Of the 45 million inhabitants in the country, 23 million are women.

Where are they represented?

The new cabinet has 90% men in suits and ties.

Most of the most developed countries have women at the head of their governments (and they have not surrounded themselves with men to govern).

The most backward are sending them back to their homes.

The countries that have best managed the pandemic are governed by women.

Just yesterday the

United Nations

presented a "Feminist Plan to get out of the pandemic", because, it assures,

giving women a voice, deconcentrating wealth and returning to present States

are the solution.

Just the opposite of what the extreme right and libertarian groups propose.

They tell us that in this duel of the titans

there is no place for "the weak

.

"

At this point, no political negotiation should ignore women.

Source: clarin

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