The Association of Women Judges of Argentina (AMJA) Conducted a Survey About How Teleworking from Home Impacts Women

The Association of Women Judges of Argentina partnered with the NGO Foro del Sur to carry out the survey “Women and Teleworking from home. How do we live this challenge?” This has summoned more than 2,500 women from different universes (employees, entrepreneurs or self-employed) who have used, began to use or are likely to adopt this type of work in the near future, so that they can share their experiences and concerns.

The tendency to switch to teleworking from home has been growing over the years and the coronavirus pandemic has exponentially accelerated this process in most countries, forcing thousands of working women to adopt this modality in e-commerce platforms, services, banking, and financial activities, public bodies, etc. This brings forth the need to rethink rights in all their dimensions, redefine the duties and guarantees in charge of the State, and propose new forms of management and interaction between people.

The objective is to obtain quality information that allows analyzing the impact that teleworking at home has specifically for women, especially from the compulsory quarantine ordered by the Argentine government to face COVID-19. In this way, it will be possible to reflect and anticipate the possible effects that this shift may have on labor modalities so that this does not mean a loss of the rights won over generations and not only for women. The fusion of the workspace with that of coexistence should not expose us to a greater degree to violence, nor negatively impact physical and mental health, nor imply a supplementary burden to the already unequal distribution of responsibility for care tasks.

The survey, also supported by UN Women, universities and civil society organizations, is the first of its kind worldwide. In early March, AMJA, together with other NGOs, organized a series of conferences to reflect on the same challenge: the need to “Accelerate Equality”, evaluating what has been learned from the commitments made by the United Nations 25 years ago in Beijing. Their first meeting, before compulsory isolation, brought together more than 700 references from civil society and the academic, business, union, political and judicial sectors. The cycle proposes to think about the future agenda, and how to consolidate the commitments to building a society with equal rights and opportunities for all people, whatever their gender; understanding that the search for equity may exceed differences in terms of political belonging or social sector.

This blog post was prepared by Sandra Verónica Guagnino, IAWJ member and co-founder of the AMJA. The views presented in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the IAWJ.