DORIS SOLIZ ON ECUADORIAN WOMEN
Representatives of over 150 countries took part in the 137th IPU Assembly in Saint Petersburg. Doris Soliz, Leader of the Delegation of her country, Member of the National Assembly of Ecuador, was one of them. In her interview, she told the EWC journalists about the role of women in Ecuador’s development and about how their status had evolved.
According to Doris Soliz, Ecuador adopted a new constitution in 2008. The document firmly established the status of women in modern society. It contributed to the decrease in the rights gap between men and women. Today many women in Ecuador occupy high positions in the political and social fields. Recently the country has adopted a law according to which women comprise 40% of parliamentarians.
“We do not strive to give all power to women. Our goal is to provide both genders with an opportunity to occupy high positions”, she said.
In addition, Ecuador implements different programmes aimed at ensuring gender equality.
“The situation changes for the better rapidly. Over the past ten years, Ecuador has progressed much in terms of addressing problems of women’s status. Of course, we still have much to work on. But the main thing is that our government is determined to keep on taking measures in this field”, commented Doris Soliz.
Today Ecuador pays much attention to problems related to violence against women and the glass ceiling in career. According to Doris, the National Assembly of Ecuador now has a special committee protecting the rights and interests of women. In addition, in the speaker’s opinion, changing cultural change in the society is an important step towards solving the existing problems.
The interviewee believes that women’s empowerment is a serious task requiring joint efforts.
“Women from different countries must team up to achieve their goals. Only together, despite our diversity, we will be able to achieve our rights being respected”, she finished.
Nikolay Gavrilov, Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov