Clece’s “project 139” achieves over 50% of its target this year for integrating victims of gender-based violence
- The company is a participant in edition V of “Hay Salida a la Violencia de Género” [There is a Way Out of Gender-Based Violence] race
- Clece has integrated 227 women who are victims of gender-based violence into its workforce
Madrid, 11th June 2018. Madrid on Sunday saw the fifth edition of the “Hay Salida” race. More than 3,500 people got together at this sporting event in order to raise awareness and visibility in society of the struggle against machismo and violence. Clece was amongst the thousands of participants and has been collaborating in this initiative since the first edition as part of its aim to integrate vulnerable collectives such as women who are victims of gender-based violence.
“The struggle against gender-based violence is a long-term project that needs the involvement of the whole of society”. In addition to awareness raising initiatives such as the one that took place yesterday in Madrid, Clece focuses its work with this collective on workplace integration. “Employment is essential to finding a way out. It helps recover self-confidence and ensures the economic independence of these women. We must not forget that in many cases, economic dependence on the abuser is one of the principal obstacles. These women are also usually responsible for maintaining the family on their own. Finding a job is a new chapter in their lives” commented José Andrés Elizaga, Clece’s Director of Communications and External Affairs.
In the context of workplace integration, there are currently 227 women who are victims of gender-based violence working in Clece. The number of job hires has increased significantly over the last year following the company initiating “project 139”. This is the result of the commitment made during the Compromiso Awards III. During the awards, that were dedicated to recognising initiatives focused on the struggle against gender-based violence, a commitment to hire 139 victims of gender-based violence was made. This is a symbolic figure equivalent to the number of applications received. The project is progressing well and there are now 87 new hires, over half the target.
Clece forms part of the Company Network for a Society Free of Gender-Based Violence, promoted by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. Its objective is to raise awareness in society about this scourge and to promote inclusion of victims within the workplace. Clece was recognised by the Government in 2016 for its work in this field and is also the only company invited by the UN to present its model of workplace integration for women who are victims of gender-based violence.