Gender equity in private enterprise Purplewashing or are we really getting the batteries?

July 27 , 2018 // Specialty

Published in El Diario

The PSOE Government has submitted a law to achieve equity for men and women also in private companies. The intention of the Government (after discussing and negotiating all groups) would be to give companies a term of five years to adapt to `parity '. Are the boards of directors without female presence finished or will it only be applied in the lowest positions? Undoubtedly, there will be many resistances to this law in a country like Spain where the number of women in many organizations is low.

It will be very interesting to see the speeches that are created around these measures. Surely the relief is on how complicated it is to reorganize companies so that more women or men enter as the case may be.

It will be said that women do not want to work in traditionally male sectors such as stowage or mechanics and that men will not want to be florists or work in cosmetics stores. It will be said because we still have much to walk in the destruction of the binary genre. It will be said because the Real Life Test is still used to diagnose gender dysphoria in most communities (although some steps are taken) and because Spanish cinema is full of sex and gender stereotypes that, unfortunately, are examples of the current social construction.

However, the reality is different, the stowage is being populated by women and the excuse that there are no changing rooms for them in the port of Algeciras is not shared in all the ports. The academic sector has also put the batteries and has subscribed initiatives like #NoSinMujeres refusing to participate in discussion tables where there are no women.

Some companies have discovered the goose that lays the golden eggs and have realized that parity makes their companies earn more and fulfilling that part of civil responsibility means an increase in their reputation. The same happens in the film industry and festivals where there are more and more women in the cartel, although the number of sound techniques or organizers does not increase, as Mafalda claims in this mini-documentary. And the excuse that there are not enough female groups falls under its own weight.

The parity in private companies, even if it is a positive discrimination at the beginning, is more than desirable to bring equality, but if it is not accompanied by a decrease in the wage gap and a couple of stones that, at least, crack the glass ceiling will serve us little.

Recall that the current Equality Act has a very low degree of compliance, so it will be important to see what will be the instruments to enforce the Law and if there will be sanctioning procedures. As always, what will differentiate if this proposal is a facelift of the PSOE or a real change are the amendments contained in the Law and not the journalistic symbolism that represents its presentation.

Equidad de género en la empresa privada ¿Purplewashing o nos estamos poniendo las pilas de verdad?

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