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8 March 2022. Statement from the Roma Womens Group (Grupo de Mujeres Gitanas-GMG) of Fundación Secretariado Gitano. [editar]

"Gender equality today, for a sustainable tomorrow"

Grupo de Mujeres Gitanas (GMG) de la Fundación Secretariado Gitano

8 March 2022. Statement from the Roma Womens Group (Grupo de Mujeres Gitanas-GMG) of Fundación Secretariado Gitano.One more year, the Roma Women's Group (GMG) of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano, together with the rest of the people who form part of this organisation, joins in the commemoration of the 8 of March, International Women's Day.

On this 8 of March 2022, we want to continue highlighting the importance and protection of gender equality and equal treatment to further transform our society. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also one of the essential foundations to build a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

We cannot forget that we are still in a pandemic and that, although the situation has improved, it is women, and especially young women, who suffer the most from inequality. We continue to play a disproportionate role, particularly as home caregivers, as well as being the most affected by unemployment and unpaid work. These situations limit us and have a direct impact on important spheres of life such as the personal, educational and professional development of Roma women and girls.

From the GMG, on this 8th of March we want to call on the public authorities and institutions involved in promoting gender equality to continue working to reduce gender gaps and to act decisively against the feminisation of certain sectors, temporary employment and job insecurity. In this regard, we also do not forget gender-based violence as one of the main social problems and concerns that structurally and systemically affects women and girls worldwide.

We are aware that this is a social and political moment very promising for the fight against racial or ethnic discrimination, but it should also be a time to consolidate the social participation of Roma women and girls in public decision-making spaces.

On the 2nd of November 2021, the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the National Strategy for Equality, Inclusion and Participation of the Roma People 2021-2030. We would like to highlight the comprehensive approach of this Strategy by addressing important areas such as education, health, housing, employment, poverty, the digital gap and antigypsyism, paying special attention to the intersectionality that affects Roma women and girls.

The Roma Women's Group (GMG) joins all the demands of the feminist movement, because as women we are also affected by the structural and systemic inequality that affects all women on the planet. However, we would like to make a specific mention to the need of including diversity in these demands for gender equality. We must not forget that in addition to gender issues, Roma women continue to be subject to multiple discrimination due to other variables that cannot be analysed in isolation from the fact that we are Roma women.

One clear example of intersectional discrimination is the case that FSG recently brought to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee). A young Roma woman was convicted of stealing a toy despite having solid evidence that it had been given to her as a gift.

We are proud to be what we are, Roma women, and we want an inclusive, fairer, and intercultural society in which we all participate in our own development and in which we are not forced to choose between being a woman and being Roma, since it is not possible to separate them.

For this reason, we want to stress the importance of all social and political actors making a firm commitment to promote and develop this National Strategy, but also to commit to the 2030 Agenda and specifically to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goal 5.4 with the aim of eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and girls, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. This is not just a basic human right, but an important achievement to contribute to the social transformation and development of our society and of the world.

In the Roma Women's Group of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano we are sure that with the recognition and the work of everyone, WE WILL GET IT!