Salvadorans demand respect for their rights

The previous day, the National Confederation of Salvadoran Workers (CNTS) noted in a statement that “Salvadoran working women continue to be subjected to violations,” while other groups as part of Friday’s celebration of International Women’s Day said “they have nothing to pray for.” “We celebrate, but there is a lot to regret.”

“The rights of working women in El Salvador are still being violated, despite the presence of laws, despite the presence of institutions. “We have fallen into dissatisfaction on the part of the state and the neglect of many of the obligations that the state has,” declared Sonia Venerta, spokeswoman for the organization.

“The situation will continue if workers do not make an effort to defend our rights, unite and defend any colleague who is violated,” noted Silvia Navarrete, Secretary General of the Health Workers Union (SITRASALUD).

Regarding this situation, figures from the Standing Table of Labor Justice in cooperation with the Foundation for Law Enforcement Studies (FESPAD) confirm that in the past four years, 60 percent of those dismissed from public institutions were women. men. He said that of the 21,000 workers who were laid off, 12,600 were women.

Today, the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, with a pro-government majority, is expected to issue a statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day on the occasion of the United Nations declaring March 8 as an international day for women’s and men’s rights. International peace.

However, according to the spokesman, their slogans “participation in society and the full development of the individual” are two goals that face a difficult path. Women, despite being the majority in voting (about 54 percent), for example, also have little participation in decision-making and in holding elective positions. .

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Statistics indicate that women are underrepresented in various sectors of life in the country, and politicians are no exception, as only two out of every 10 mayoral candidates were women.

In 1950, Salvadoran women gained the right to choose and run for office, and since then 74 years of struggle have passed to obtain their rights, which was not resolved with the unanimous approval on March 17, 2011 of the Equality Law. Equity and elimination of discrimination against women.

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