María Claudia Lacouture, Executive President of the Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Colombia). Courtesy

A call for the labor reform proposal that the national government will present to the Congress of the Republic to include standards favoring the employment of women was launched on March 8 International Women’s Daythe President of the American-Colombian Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Colombia), Maria Claudia Lacoutureduring the commemoration of this date.

“In Colombia, the outstanding issues are vast, such as the wage gap, financial access and training, the disproportionate burden of domestic and unpaid work that falls mainly on women and girls, violence at work, the child marriage, sexual harassment and harassment, gender stereotypes, laws, practices, usages and customs that discriminate against women, among others,” the union leader said.

In turn, he noted that now that Colombia is facing a proposal for labor and pension reform, it is necessary that this be an opportunity to call on the national government to include in the legislation standards that protect and stimulate women’s employment and employability programs, as well as greater availability of legal and judicial services in the regions and the training of women on their rights or the means of accessing justice.

He recalled that the commemorations of the International Women’s Day They should be used to reflect on existing labor and employability gaps and to implement policies aimed at closing them.

“The evolution of labor legislation must respond to new market realities, stimulate formal employment, guarantee business productivity and modernize the system to be consistent with changes in society, the influence of technology which adapts to new generations, and their perspectives and expectations of a way of life,” President Lacouture said of the perspective of labor reform.

argued that It is important to focus on the labor crisis in the countryside, as young people migrate there, workers seek better conditions in the urban area and we are faced with a situation that threatens food security.

“We have to look for options, awaken interest so that people from the countryside return so that working the land has attractions, that planting and harvesting return to the dynamics of yesteryear and for which there must be a flexible regulation that takes account of seasonal conditions. into account, among other variables,” noted the president of AmCham Colombia.

AmCham Colombia President María Claudia Lacouture called on the national government and the Congress of the Republic for labor reform to facilitate the reduction of women’s employment gaps and promote equality

He reiterated the union’s desire to maintain dialogue between the public and private sectors so that the reforms proposed by the Government of Gustavo Petro are made taking into account the considerations of all sectors.

“In Colombia, the biggest generator of jobs is the private sector and it is the main ally of the government in the common objective of having a prosperous economy, with development and which represents income for all Colombians”, said Lacouture, a former trade minister. , Industry and Tourism.

According to her, it is possible to achieve better results in terms of gender inclusion, but this requires constant action to provide the necessary conditions for the job creation and access to justice, education and the financial system and that’s why you have to keep insisting, persisting and not giving up search for fairness.

The Minister of Labour, Gloria Ramirez, confirmed the date on which the document of the new labor reformwho will have the modification of 77 articles and 3,000 proposals. The official pointed out that Colombia is in a great moment in history to work.

THURSDAY March 16 2023 will be the date when Colombians and Congress will be fully aware of the labor reform proposed by the Ministry of Labour, led by Minister Gloria Ramírez, which is one of the most awaited reforms of the national government and according to the President Gustavo Petro, “deals with the dignity of the worker and the worker”. Minister Ramírez stressed that this had been prepared thanks to work with businessmen and trade unions.

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