“A modern, evolved, and just society is aware of the leading role women have in society, at work, in culture, and in its ability to accommodate need. Women’s life expectancy has improved and is now longer than that of men, but these extra years are not necessarily healthy years. The status of women still sees a situation of partial rights and opportunities equality, which adversely affects the state of psychological well-being of women’s segment of society. The protection of a healthy and conscious motherhood is not only an individual choice, but constitutes an immeasurable social value, an investment in the future, and the country has to valorize it… We need to raise awareness on this topic with regard to every stage of life from birth to senescence, involving the social context in which we live…”
This is the opening of the Manifesto for Women’s Health, presented and signed at the end of April in Rome, as we had anticipated, during the institutional event sponsored and organized by the Ministry of Health. It has been the core of the first National Day dedicated to women’s Health fixed on April 22, in memory and honor of the birth of Rita Levi Montalcini, a great woman and scientist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986. the Manifesto collects 50 information/strategic guidelines arising from ten thematic tables, five for each table, set up to investigate all aspects related to women’s health, sexuality, and fertility, maternal health, from eating disorders to prevention of cancer, from violence to strategies for the promotion of women’s healthy and active aging. According to the Ministry, reflecting on all these issues means identifying the goals and the concrete actions to be implemented in the next few months to provide answers and solutions.
CISL Syndicate was present there, especially at the seventh discussion table concerning “Women, Work and Health”, which gave its active contribution to defining the five actions to be taken in this regard: promoting workers’ and employees’ health and safety risks prevention at work, through the evaluation and management of such risks from the point of view of gender; promoting women’s access to the prevention plans of the National Health Service, also offering screening in the workplace; the involvement of citizens’ and patients’ associations in the reorganization processes of social and health services for chronic illness and disability in order to reduce the burden working women; overcoming horizontal and vertical segregation of women workers, also favoring the extension of Law 120/2010 on women workers’ “quotas” concerning access to senior roles, with special attention to health professions in which there is an ongoing process of feminization; an increment in local and company welfare policies, investing in organizational well-being as a productive and social resource, and in particular to facilitate the entry and permanence of women on the labor market, considering the latest Eurostat statistics, which show that women’s employment rates in Italy are the lowest in Europa. Italy is second only to Malta.
In quality of women belonging to the CISL Syndicate and sharing the proposed actions, some of which we have been supporting and carrying on for some time now, we hope that they will truly become the legs, as it were, of the Manifesto, to translate good intentions into tangible results. We also hope for a direct institutional dialogue to coordinate and systematize all other actions that aim at fighting inequality and affirming the principle of equal opportunities in every context.