January 28 from 2022 - 13: 56
The general director of the Institut Valencià de les Dones, Maria Such, has held a working meeting with the mayor, Vicent Grimalt, the Councilor for Social Services, Melani Ivars, and technical staff from the social welfare area to learn first-hand about the actions that the Dénia City Council is going to carry out with the 182.000-euro grant it has obtained in the call for development aid of the project "Professional care exchanges for families with daughters and sons under 14 years of age".
The subsidies are financed from the endowment from the Ministry of Equality, within the Joint Responsibility Plan of the Secretary of State for Equality and against Gender Violence, and in the Community they are managed by the General Directorate of the Institut Valencià de les Dones.
The purpose of these grants to local entities is to carry out programs and actions to enable quality professional care services for girls, boys and young people under 14 years of age, which can be provided in public facilities suitably enabled for this purpose, complying with the guarantees sanitary.
Maria Such has indicated that a total of 2021 Valencian municipalities have submitted to the call, launched in 89. The general director has known the initiatives that Dénia is going to launch to favor the conciliation of families with sons and daughters under 14 years of age and has affirmed "that it will be very positive to have a resource like this".
The Councilor for Social Services, Melani Ivars, has pointed out that thanks to the grant initiatives will be maintained and expanded to help families and work on co-responsibility and family conciliation that the Dénia City Council has been carrying out for years, such as vacation schools; and that others will be launched, proposals from the Consell de la Infància, "such as toy libraries or the revitalization of public spaces".
The provision of this aid is intended to help alleviate the negative effects on work, personal and family life caused by the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, especially in women, as they are the ones who mostly assume the burden of family and family care. domestic, according to the introduction of decree 178/2021 that approves the bases of these subsidies.
According to the study published by ESADE (2020) "Covid 19 and gender inequality in Spain", more than two thirds of Spanish mothers have been forced to stay at home while social distancing measures were applied, either because they were working in non-essential sectors or because they were not working, taking on most of the additional childcare duties, and reinforcing traditional gender norms and potentially seeing their long-term job prospects jeopardized. Likewise, due to the closure of educational centers, many mothers have been forced to reduce their hours or request leave to care for their children.
This situation means that, after the lifting of the confinement measures, their return to work ends up being slower compared to men, if not impossible, as they carry more responsibilities. “From all of the above, an emergency situation has arisen, whose economic impact is unprecedented in history, and which requires that public powers urgently adopt active policies that support, encourage, promote and protect effective equality between women and men in post-pandemic society, encouraging support policies, especially aimed at women, to return to the labor market, both in promoting the active search for employment and in training for the acquisition of the necessary skills, both professional and digital " , concludes the text that justifies the creation of these direct aids to local entities.
After the meeting at the town hall, the general director visited the 24-hour Women's Center in Dénia, "a resource that has paid attention to more than 2021 women during 800".