The webinar was attended by Vicepresident Beatriz Argimon, Labour Minister Pablo Mieres, UN Women Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean María Noel Vaeza, ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Director for Montevideo Verónica Amarante and EU Ambassador to Uruguay Karl-Otto König. The event was moderated by UN Women Representative for Uruguay Magdalena Furtado.
Since the second half of the 20th century the participation of women in the labor market has become the norm. However, even today they are not have the same economic and social status that men do. In this sense, the purpose of the study is to visualize the situation of gender gaps in Uruguay in a way that contributes to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The EU has been working together with the UN and ECLAC for many years, continuously reaffirming its commitment to gender equality and adding effort, knowledge and tools to advance towards the effective fulfillment of this goal.
In his presentation, Ambassador König made self-criticism of the fulfillment of the goal of gender equality within the EU itself, reaffirming that this objective is a priority both within the EU and globally within the framework of the SDGs. He mentioned the importance of the report on gender gaps, considering it a study that will allow future decisions to be based on, in order to further the achievement of gender equality. He also stressed that, in the context of the current health crisis, the relevance of female work for the entire system has been demonstrated, and how pertinent it would be for gender equality to have a central role in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, he highlighted that - as established by the "WIN-WIN" programme - gender equality is good business.
The European Union continues its search for a more prosperous, equitable, peaceful and sustainable world for all.