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The Parliament honored the International Women's Day in the presence of the President of the Republic

Anna Dollari
8 Mar 2022,
International Women's Day

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

On International Women's Day honored the Greek Parliament at a joint meeting of the Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights and the Committee on Social Affairs, on "A day dedicated to the struggles for the establishment of women's rights».

The meeting was attended and addressed by the President of the Republic, Madam Katerina Sakellaropoulou, while the Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mr. Costis Hatzidakis, the Minister of Education Mr. Niki Kerameos, the Deputy Minister of Interior Mr. Stelios Petsas, the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mr. Maria Syregela and representatives from all parliamentary groups of the Greek Parliament.

All the speakers referred to the dramatic situation experienced by the people of Ukraine and especially to the efforts of women to protect their families in the horror of war.  

The chair, Chair of the Special Standing Committee on Equality, Youth and Human Rights, Mr. Anna Karamanliannouncing the start of the meeting, made special reference to the war in Ukraine, expressing on her behalf Greek Parliament solidarity on "brave women of Ukraine"Which, as he said, in the horror of war"they give birth to their babies in the subway basements, they hide their children in the shelters, looking for access to basic products ". "We salute these famous women who endure the wave of violence, who do not succumb, who embody heroic women everywhere on the planet and who resist every threat.", Stressed Mrs. Karamanli.

The President of the Republic, Mr. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, also referred to the beginning of her greeting to the war in Ukraine. "A day like today, a day of honor for women around the world fighting for a better tomorrow, we have in our hearts and minds the women of Ukraine. Those who are left to fight for their homeland, who face the Russian tanks unarmed, who listen to the roar of war closed in the basements of their houses or in the subway galleries, holding their babies in their arms, or bring them into the world while around the bombs fall on them. And, of course, all those who took the road of refuge holding their children by the hand, supporting their elderly parents, walking kilometers to escape the catastrophe ", stressed Mrs. Sakellaropoulou.

The President of the Republic continued by emphasizing: "A procession of uprooted mothers, daughters, sisters, is now crossing Eastern Europe, reaching the gates of Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Moldova, asking for help. And it evokes painful memories of our own history, of our own refuge. The tragedy of 1922, the drama of Cyprus». After a historical review of the women's struggles in our country, Mrs. Sakellaropoulou underlined: "At this difficult turning point in world history, where everything is fluid, war is present, our societies are experiencing a multidimensional crisis with an unclear outcome, the position of women, despite the important steps that have been taken for the full and equal exercise of rights. often slides backwards. The escalation of gender-based violence, the persistence of stereotypes, work difficulties, diffuse and multifaceted insecurity exhaust her. Homicides are on the rise, casting a heavy shadow over our social life. In addition to all this, or rather in the stubbornness of all of them, the women of our country struggle daily to fulfill their multiple roles, to overthrow discrimination and inequalities, to develop with freedom and autonomy.. "

The Prime Minister also referred to the trials of women in Ukraine. Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his speech, noting that "without a doubt the message of today is imprinted on a single person: that of the woman of Ukraine. The one who stayed in her homeland to defend it from the Russian invasion, but also to the hundreds of thousands of other women who, along with their children, took the road of refuge. "An unjust war that strikes the weakest first, which is why it must stop immediately."

"At such milestones in history", continued Mr. Mitsotakis"When international stability and legitimacy are threatened, national borders and treaties are challenged, rights are challenged at the same time. That is, the quintessence of democracy. Therefore, the struggle against conquering authoritarianism automatically becomes a struggle for gender equality and the protection of the most vulnerable. And Ukraine's borders are turning into borders between the past and the human conquests of recent centuries, with the dominant position among them being women in society.. "

Referring to the government's initiatives to upgrade the position of women, she stressed: "Greece's contribution to this front I dare say is very dynamic in recent years. Because for the first time our country acquired a national plan for gender equality, under which policies are articulated at every level. From education and work to family and health " stressed Mr. Mitsotakis.

The Prime Minister also stressed that gender-based violence is manifested in an extreme form with the murders of women that increased throughout Europe and in our country during the pandemic. «We respond to it with harsher punishments, but at the same time strengthening the voices that dared to say "Me too", with "metoogreece.gr", establishing structures for the victims and raising the highest wall of protection for the most vulnerable women, the unemployed , immigrant women, women with disabilities. That's why the Minimum Guaranteed Income is now given to all abused women staying in hostelsMr. Mitsotakis noted and added that soon with the help of smart technology and in collaboration with VODAFONE, an application will allow the woman at risk to ask for help at the touch of a button on her mobile phone.

Then, the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Mr. Vassilis Oikonomou, who referred extensively to the struggle for women's rights, noting that Western democracies have taken many steps forward, however, as he said, "there are families on the planet where the woman remains at a disadvantage and in a position of servitude». He also referred to women in Ukraine, who, as he stressed, "trying to stand up in a paranoid war». 

Representatives of all parliamentary groups addressed greetings at the meeting: From SYRIZA Mrs. Irini Agathopoulou, from the Movement for Change the lady Nadia Giannakopoulou, from the Communist Party of Greece the lady Liana Kanellis, from the Hellenic Solution the lady Maria Athanassiou and from MERA25, the lady Bright Bakadima. The speakers focused on the current problems of women and the inequalities that still prevail. 

The Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. Costis Hatzidakis, made an extensive account of the actions of the ministry for women's rights, actions which, as he mentioned, had three main directions: "the economic emancipation of women, the integration of the gender dimension in all public policies, as well as the confrontation of gender and domestic violence, as well as sexual assaults». 

The Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr. Stelios Petsas, stressed the significant progress that has been made in the fight to eliminate gender inequality, stressing, however, that despite the progress that has been made, we are called upon not to forget "that there is still much to be done for the real equality and emancipation of women around the world, while we must also remember that there are still countless women who still live every day in the shadow of exploitation, abuse, social exclusion and fear».

The Minister of Education and Religions, Mr. Victory of Kerameos, stressed that despite the indisputable fact that women have high educational achievements, positions of responsibility in all areas of business and public life, unfortunately stereotypes and discrimination remain to this day. In her speech she referred to the key role of education regarding the prevention and elimination of the phenomena of gender-based violence in schools, noting: "Education plays a key role in eliminating discrimination, but also in pursuing a better tomorrow for our children. This is exactly what we are seeking through the skill workshops that have been applied since last year in all kindergartens, primary schools and high schools in our country. Our children are taught values ​​and ideals, such as mutual respect, gender equality, human rights, democratic principles, empathy, inclusion. From the age of 4, they cultivate relationships of trust and mutual respect, learn about gender equality and acquire democratic principles. At the same time, they come in contact with topics such as sex education, but also entrepreneurship, new technologies, robotics. "

«When women prosper, so do societiesStressed the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Mr. Maria Syregela, which referred to the National Action Plan for Gender Equality and stressed the need to achieve equal human rights.

Both the Minister of Education, Mrs. Nikis Kerameos, and the representative of the Movement for Change, Mrs. Nadia Giannakopoulou, made special reference to her struggles. Fofis Gennimata and Marietta Giannakou to promote and defend women's rights.

Finally, the Speaker of Parliament K. Konstantinos Tassoulas offered to the audience Eva Vlami's novel "Angelika's dreams", Which takes place in the years of the so-called"iron»Decade of the Balkan Wars and the Asia Minor Catastrophe.

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