Access to quality education, zero impunity for femicides, a greater presence of women in seats of power... The participants of the Women of America forum for rights and well-being, organized on Wednesday by EL PAÍS, put on the table some of the issues that most affect women's rights and the development of equality in the Latin American territory. The dialogue welcomed some of the most representative figures of positions of power, such as the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum; the Vice President of Colombia, Francia Márquez; or the second vice president of Spain, Yolanda Díaz. All of them in dialogue with the director of this newspaper, Pepa Bueno.
The regional director of UN Women, María Noel Vaeza, another of the speakers at the event, participated in the discussion on the role of women in sustainable development in Latin America. "We have arguments to show that things can be done differently," he says in the video attached to this news. Another of the voices that appear in the interviews is that of Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero, who explains the need to break glass ceilings, those "invisible barriers, but present, that women face to reach positions of power."
The American continent is accompanied by inequality and violence that is reflected in the data, issues that were fully addressed in the dialogue. Only 42% of Latin American women are included in the formal labor market and only 7% of them hold a managerial position in private sector companies, a sample not only of the inequality that hits women in the continent, but also of the lack of opportunities.
The conversation also touched on other questions such as the relationship with power, structural machismo and the scope of institutions to promote significant changes. "Women do not reach the spaces of power to be vases," said Francia Márquez, the first Afro woman to occupy the Colombian vice presidency, during her speech at the forum.
The meeting, which was sponsored by Iberdrola Mexico and Telefónica and took place at the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, ended with a debate moderated by W Radio journalist Gabriela Warkentin. There, they developed the participation of women in the politics of the region, together with several speakers: Myriam Méndez, coordinator of the Colombian organization Valiente es Dialogar, the French deputy Eleonore Cariot and Marcela Aguiñaga; prefect of the Provincial Government of Guayas, in Ecuador; and former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who joined with a video message.
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