The Universitat de València starts the First International Congress on Care, Equality and Diversity

  • Office of the Principal
  • May 28th, 2018
I Congrés Internacional de la Cura, la Igualtat i la Diversitat

The event has been presided by the principal of the Universitat de València Mavi Mestre, the vice president of the Valencian Government, Mónica Oltra, the vice-principal of Equality, Diversity and Sustainability, the dean of the Faculty of Law, Francisco Javier Palao, and the director of the congress, Ana Marrades.

The congress will be celebrated during the days 28 and 29 May in the Salón de Grados of the Faculty of Law. It aims to highlight the value of care as the foundation of a new social pact from a legal perspective. The care and ethics of care are already being studied by political science, economics, social work, philosophy, education sciences or pedagogy. However, a profound treatment is missing from a legal perspective.

At the presentation, the principal Mª Vicenta Mestre has appreciated to the vice president Mónica Oltra her presence and support in this event, as well as the support of the vice-principal Elena Martinez and the dean Francisco Javier Palao. The principal of the Universidad de Valencia has not forgotten to appreciate the role of the Institute of Woman’s Studies, the Faculty of  Law, secretaries and personal staff that have been involved on enabling this first International Congress. Mestre highlighted in her speech that a free and democratical society can only be when men and women have real equality of opportunity and rights.

For her part, the vice president and councilwoman of Equality and Inclusive Policies Mónica Oltra has remarked the need of placing care and mantainment of life in the centre of the society. The vice president has stressed the changing time that is taking place, in which women can and want to have access to all professions, not being limited to assume those roles that society has been assigned throughout history.

As the director of the congress, Ana Marrades, explained, historically women have been responsible of citizenship and care to children and people with disabilities. The State must be aware that new generations are not willing to be the unique responsible of doing this work. That is why it is so important to universalise the ethic of care and consequently to create the need of having specific rights of care. It is being purposed in the work of constitutional reform.

In order to deepen in this regard, and to redefine the concept and address all possible legal problems that may occur in the building of this new legal element, this congress will provide dimension to all proposals, initiatives and debates.