Major reform to help working women
4 March 2005, MADRID - Spain's Socialist government has approved a wide-ranging series of measures to improve the standing of women.
4 March 2005
MADRID - Spain's Socialist government has approved a wide-ranging series of measures to improve the standing of women.
The 53 new measures were brought in on the eve of International Women's Day on 8 March.
They concern fighting domestic violence, improving equality in the workplace and at home, and providing more employment training.
The deputy prime minister, Maria Theresa Fernández de la Vega, said the measures should be brought into force by the end of the year.
Fernández de la Vega said the government wanted to address the inequality in the workplace, where the number of women out of work was higher than men.
The government also wanted greater pay equality in Spain for women and to try to make it easier for women to work and have a family life.
In terms of combating domestic violence, the government wants to add to the tough new law which came into action last month to crackdown on abusers.
The new measure announced on Friday will offer more help to victims, through new ways to get in touch with authorities if they feel at risk.
Another new initiative will try to increase the number of women in public bodies or companies who work with public authorities.
They will also offer incentives to companies to employ women.
The government also wants to offer more opportunities for part-time work and to develop kindergartens in military establishments and other state employers.
The new measures will be developed in collaboration with the UN Development Fund for women.
Another initiative is changing the Constitution to allow equal succession to the Crown of Spain, between men and women.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news