If to value women and their work means to aim at development and to look not only at the future of the country, but also to the future of the union, then it is up to the women from the CISL syndicate to continue with renewed commitment to promote – both inside and outside the organization – the culture of gender equality and empowerment, that is, the cornerstones of the “Beijing Platform” which, after more than twenty years after their adoption, are still extremely topical. That is the reason why the Leadership Group of the National Coordination of Women met in Rome to trace the path labelled 2016, where to channel their actions in order to put in practice the decisions taken with regard to Riccione.
A substantial program of activities, which will be submitted and shared by the wider Coordination, starting from supporting women’s access and permanence on the labor market, which will face all women’s issues and problems related to women’s representation and active participation on all levels (also in top positions). The goal is to make the most of the added value of women’s culture as a vehicle for innovation in social relationships and patterns of behavior, and against all forms of discrimination and violence.
Part of the discussion was devoted to the events that took place on the New Year’s Eve in Cologne, on which the Coordination has expressed unanimous condemnation, and to the importance of the cultural challenge to build together with immigrant women a society based on mutual respect and on the dignity of every person. There were a number of proposals on the table on which the work of the Coordination will focus immediately. Obviously, these proposals are open to the contribution of all the organizations in the area. We should strive, above all, to implement the entry and permanence of women on different levels of the Organization according to the “quotas” decided during the Organizational Meeting and developed for the sake of inclusion in the Statute of the CISL syndicate.
Besides, we need to focus on mapping women leaders and on the recognition of the related union standards for their effective work. We must make sure that the provisions contained in the Code of Ethics – adopted by the federal government and based on the correctness and transparency of behavior, including promotion of women’s leadership through greater sensitivity to forms of employment compatible with the rhythms of life – are effectively implemented. The Coordination considered with decision the formation of women trade unionists, in particular that of young women RSU/RSA to be trained, especially in the training on collective bargaining, of the first and second levels, in order to strengthen and improve their presence at negotiations for greater attention to family friendly policies and equal opportunities issues.
In this regard, an agreement was reached on the need for a specific formative moment to think and define thematic priorities and future strategic choices. We need to encourage also the creation of a new model of communication – women’s brand – that will aim privileging attention to language, according to the guidelines of the European Union. Finally, some initiatives in the planning stage were discussed: cooperation on the Project for the establishment of a “Historical archive of CISL women”, celebrations for the International Women’s Day on 8 March, a workshop – together with the Confederal Department of Industry and Crafts Policies, Environmental Safety, Community Funds, and the South – on the European Agreement Framework on violence at work, recently implemented by the CGIL, CISL, UIL and Confindustria syndicates, and a conference on the problem of birth rate in Italy. Work and ideas abound. I am sure that with our common contribution, we will obtain good results.