VERA council has for the second year running received regional government funding for actions aimed at helping local families balance their work commitments and their personal lives.
The Junta de Andalucia’s Employment, Training and Self-Employed Work department has awarded the local authority a €15,634 subsidy for activities organised at the municipal play centre
The council said the money will allow for extending the play centre’s hours and for providing complementary “social participation and stimulation” activities.
“In Vera, as in most of society, the unequal distribution of family and domestic responsibilities between genders constitutes one of the main obstacles to women’s full participation in the labour market, as well as to their permanence and promotion”, commented play centre activity coordinator Conchi Perez.
According to Perez, this in turn perpetuates the “division of women and men in the public and private spheres, pigeonholing women into their role as the carers of the family in all respects, hence assistance such as this allows us to try and reduce the effect of this inequality with services which help women reconcile their working lives and family.”
Vera Education councillor Carolina Perez maintained the council is “aware of this real inequality”, pointing out it is mainly women who use the play centre’s services and resources.
She said the administration is therefore “implementing actions aimed at promoting a change of mentality” and a more even division of domestic responsibilities and tasks and in availability of free time “especially between the youngest mothers and fathers in our municipality, where we are achieving the greater involvement of the fathers in the daily work of the play centre activities.”
The play centre service “offers Vera residents the possibility of this reconciliation being a reality and a benefit to both men and women, and children, and impact directly on the well-being of our population”, the councillor affirmed.