The second edition of Views dedicated to inequality comes to an end

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The second edition of Views dedicated to inequality comes to an end

  • The 2nd Development Policies Meeting has been organised by the Women for Africa Foundation, the Ramón Areces Foundation and the Complutense University.
  • During the two days of work, prestigious international experts from the world of academia, politics and global institutions have analysed the scope and effects of a global phenomenon that continues to grow.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016. In the early afternoon in Madrid, the second Views has ended, the International Development Policies Meeting organised by the Women for Africa Foundation, the Ramón Areces Foundation and the Complutense University.

Over the two days of work, prestigious Spanish and international experts from the fields of health care, education, economics and gender have debated the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development and fostering inclusive societies through a common perspective: the fight against inequality.

The meeting has made clear the huge relevance that inequality is acquiring as a globalised phenomenon that affects all societies. Emphasis has been placed on the need to take action to combat this scourge if we wish to safeguard the development of countries and citizens’ rights. 

During the opening session, which took place yesterday, Tuesday, the Indian intellectual Vandana Shiva expressed her idea about eco-feminism in an inspiring talk that captivated the attendees. Shiva pointed out that society must learn to live in harmony with nature, and that women are the best teachers. It is they, she added, who are the true experts, who best know the land on which we live and which feeds us.

The president of the Women for Africa Foundation (MxA), María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, was also present. In her opening speech, she recalled the essential role that women play in societies that intend to be democratic, as well as the unavoidable obligation of public powers to put an end to all kinds of inequalities in a changing world governed by uncertainty and continual acceleration.

Societies and their governments have the responsibility, said the president of MxA, to use all the means within their reach to install democratic, egalitarian communities that grant all of their members the same opportunities and rights, because it is equality that sustains a state of law as its main basis.

Jesús Manuel Gracia, the Secretary of State for International Corporation, also took part in the opening ceremony. He stressed that, in spite of the progress made in recent years, there is still much work to do in the fight against inequality.

For his part, the rector of the Complutense University of Madrid, Carlos Andrada, underlined the importance of education in raising awareness in the face of the phenomenon of inequality.

Also present at the second International Meeting on Development Policies were: Kate Pickett, a professor at York University; Richard Wilkinson, from the University College of London, Josephine Beoku-Betts, from Florida Atlantic University, together with the Spaniards Pilar Aranda, Rector of the University of Granada; Luis Ayala, of the King Juan Carlos University, María Blasco, director of the Oncological Research Centre, and Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, from the Polytechnic of Madrid.

Great interest was aroused among the attendees by the talk given by the former Prime Minister of Senegal, Aminata Touré, an economist who brilliantly outlined the panorama of equality in Africa, with its high and low points.

José Antonio Alonso, Professor in Applied Economics at the Complutense University and scientific director of Views, closed the meeting. 

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