In a situation where the welfare state in Greece is shrinking dangerously pronounced effects on large segments of the population, human rights devalued and violated, a reality in the global media often cited as a typical sample of “humanitarian crisis”, the Greek Government through the Government Reform Council expresses its intention to “reform” – essentially abolishing the General Secretariat for Gender Equality. The General Secretariat for Gender Equality operating since 1985 as an independent public service, is the sole entity that designs and implements policies to substantive gender equality. In fact, it is the exclusive entity that provides services for the support and protection of women subjected to violence and at risk.
In a society kneeling under the weight of poverty, unemployment and the growing violence on the streets, in the family, at school, violence against women tends to take dimensions of social scourge, a realization that constitutes common place for the involved professionals. Thousands of calls were received in 2012 through the hotline on violence against women and hundreds of women sought support from the Women Counseling Centers. Now that women are even more vulnerable, the General Secretariat for Gender Equality is an institution more necessary than ever.
This “reform” proposes to cut nearly 80% of organizational units of General Secretariat for Gender Equality, ignoring provocatively international conventions and the recent recommendations towards our country by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which prompted as essential the independence and enhancement of the role of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality. Employees of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality, invite each sensitized citizen, agencies, organizations, collective, to sign and disseminate this petition.


NO DEGRADATION OF FUNDAMENTAL GENDER EQUALITY
YES TO THE AUTONOMY AND UPGRADE OF THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT FOR GENDER EQUALITY