The emecist deputy Gabriela Cárdenas Rodríguez presented an initiative that seeks to reform Article 4 of the Political Constitution of the State of Jalisco, so that the right that every person has to the dignified care that sustains his life and grants him the material and symbolic elements to live in society is recognized. This in order to promote inclusive and empathic public policies with dependent people and their caregivers.
“It is urgent that in a state of high potential such as Jalisco, an institutional model of care for people in a situation of dependency, such as the sick, children or the elderly, be put into operation” Deputy Cárdenas assured after presenting this initiative.
“The State must promote joint responsibility between women and men in care activities, as well as the freedom that people have to decide whether or not they acquire as an obligation to care for those who require it, and the right to decide the distribution of their own time. according to their needs and interests ”, emphasized the member of the orange bench.
The deputy assured that if this proposal is approved, the authorities must establish a care system that provides universal, accessible, pertinent, sufficient and quality public services and develops public policies. This system will serve as a priority people in a situation of dependency due to illness, disability, life cycle, especially childhood and old age, and those who, on an unpaid basis, are in charge of their care.
He said that the initiative seeks to make tangible the institutional and social recognition that those who have been forced to act as caregivers within their homes deserve, and that, due to this responsibility, their possibilities for economic and personal development are limited. On the other hand, its purpose is to promote dignified, professional care with specialized monitoring aimed at people who depend on others to carry out their daily activities, to stay safe or even to preserve life.
As a Councilor in the municipality of Zapopan, the deputy managed to unanimously approve the creation of a Care System for the municipality on September 28 of this year, which made it the first in Jalisco to regulate the care of these needs .
Now in her capacity as Local Deputy for District 6, as she promised, she seeks the benefit of all Jalisco residents who are in this situation.
Cárdenas stated that “This care should not depend on the good heart or the disposition of a family member. The necessary conditions must be created so that they can be provided: they must be in charge of professionals; to have spaces for the integral development of childhoods, such as children’s rooms; sites for the care and rehabilitation of people with disabilities; and decent infrastructure for our seniors […]. We are going to take care of those who care, taking triple days off from them and we are going to take care of people in a situation of dependency. Jalisco must be a state that cares ”.
She insisted that currently care for dependent people falls mainly on the female sector, in such a way that thousands of women face adverse circumstances, derived from the lack of labor regulations that stipulate payment for such work and recognize their rights. all worker.
“Talking about care is talking about a task that women historically assume, it is talking about how the pandemic evidenced inequalities and led us to have triple shifts: care work, school support and work that is paid. That is why care should have the same importance in politics as in the home. Caring is not a family or personal matter, caring is a collective and public matter ”.
“In Mexico, only 2 out of 100 women can dedicate themselves exclusively to their jobs without thinking about housework. And if only two out of every 100 women can dedicate themselves fully to their work, it means that, labor and economically, we are at a disadvantage ”.
If this initiative is approved, the care of dependent people would now be a matter of public interest and responsibility, so it would directly involve the State of Jalisco and its municipalities in the management, procurement and guarantee of this new right for Jalisco residents who go through a situation of dependency.