Gender and Fire

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Gender and Fire

The Pau Costa Foundation promotes a new working group to make visible and contribute solutions to gender inequality very present in the sector of emergencies Whether from personal experience or from the reality we see every day, we are aware that women in the world of emergencies are still very stigmatized. We find that many similarities are shared with other sectors (the glass roof, family reconciliation ...) or specific to the sector, such as maternity being a limiting factor due to the level of physical effort required in some positions. Therefore, they want to develop a series of measures that aim to give visibility to these challenges, and explore opportunities, in order to give visibility to this reality, promote y get la equality and diversity within the emergency sector.


1.- We generate campaigns through the media:

- Visibility and awareness campaign throught social media; Making women visible in this sector

-Campaña identification of discriminatory behaviors not evident; such as micromachisms, paternalism, etc.

2.-We organize events, conferences and forums

3.-We open a permanent space of reference to talk about emergencies and gender:

-We facilitate professional help and emotional support

-We invite you to actively participate in the group

4.-We propose actions and develop projects

5.-We elaborate measures y good practices for organizations y work teams to improve the work and personal conciliation, respect and equal opportunities within the emergency sector

-We push the review in the access process in the emergency bodies

-We adapt a protocol acting for the prevention of harassment at work with the aim of preventing situations of sexual and / or psychological harassment.

6.-We educate

Measures of sensitization to influence education from the school stage. We want to introduce within the educational program, gender equality in the framework of Emergencies. All these objectives are carried out through these 3 lines of action:

1.- We perform a diagnosis of the current situation

2.- We identify the system weaknesses to face the inclusion of women

3.- We study the learned lessons from other sectors in other parts of the world (eg Australia, Finland ...)

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