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MARCH 8. INTERNATIONAL women´s day 2018 [editar]

Fundación Secretariado Gitano statement

05/03/2018
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MARCH 8. INTERNATIONAL women´s day 2018

From the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) we want to express our support for this strike.

The defense of the fundamental right to Equality is one of the cornerstones of our work, focusing on Equality between men and women. There is still a long way to go: the salary gap, sexist violence, the change in gender roles, etc.

Along with this, we want to make visible the reality of the Roma women and to place special emphasis on the fact that, like other women, they experience situations of gender inequality and intersectional discrimination due to their dual status as women and Roma. In relation to this end, we want to highlight that in order to achieve real equality, it is necessary to be able to enjoy equal opportunities in all areas of life (education, employment, health, etc.) and to put a definitive stop to discrimination.

Therefore, from the Fundación Secretariado Gitano, together with the Group of Roma Women (GMG) of the entity, we consider it necessary to maintain an active participation in the spaces for vindication. Improving conditions in the exercise of the right to equality implies that the society in general is aware of the situation of special vulnerability in which many Roma women continue to face. For these reasons, we believe that it is still vital that men and public authorities and, of course, citizens in general, continue to be involved and collaborate in pursuit of this common goal.

In our fight for equality, many of us feel identified with some of the situations reported in the strike call to which we also want to add the reality of Roma women:

  • We Roma women suffer from serious inequality in employment because we have greater difficulties in accessing the labor market and, therefore, many of us do not even have the opportunity to freely decide to strike or not.
  • We Roma women suffer the salary gap, in many cases our work is not valued to the same extent as men's.
  • We Roma women sometimes have precarious jobs, and we live the economic crisis with the same difficulties as the rest of the women.
  • We Roma women suffer male violence and aggression, as we share the same patriarchal social space with the rest of the women.
  • We Roma women are diverse; we refuse to be reduced to a uniform stereotype that denies our diversity and our wealth.
  • 8 out of 10 Roma girls do not finish compulsory secondary education, and still very few continue to post-compulsory studies, which shows the enormous inequality in access to a fundamental right such as education, which represents a barrier in their future development personal and professional
  • Some Roma girls and young Roma still live in segregation in ghetto schools, where the vast majority are Roma and immigrant students. We demand a quality public education and not segregation.
  • We Roma women often suffer situations of intersectional discrimination, as do women of other ethnic or disability minorities or migrants or with minority sexual orientations.
  • The image of Roma women is sometimes used as advertising in ads, "realities" and television series, which exploit Roma culture and stereotype Roma girls and women. We do not want to be an object of commercial exploitation.
  • We Roma women often perform the tasks of home and family care. We want a society where these tasks are shared equally between men and women.
  • We Roma women also develop feminist activism in the defense of equality between men and women, and we value intercultural alliances with the rest of the feminist movement.

For all these reasons, from Fundación Secretariado Gitano we support the consumer, home care, labor and educational strike of March 8.

We denounce budget cuts in the sectors that most affect women: the health system, social services and education.

We consider it vital that legislation be effective in eradicating sexist violence and that protection measures reach all women. It is necessary that the public authorities are the maximum and main responsible for guaranteeing a welfare state and ensuring equal attention to all women, whatever their culture or background, ensuring that services and resources provide quality care, taking into account the different situations that may affect you.

We believe that it is essential to work in the field of education and the prevention of gender inequality. We want men to be fully involved in this task that we have pending in society.

We denounce the cuts of rights that, as citizens, we are suffering. We demand full equality of rights and conditions of life, and the total acceptance of our diversity.

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