New measure in the Mossos d’Esquadra to seek equality between men and women in the body. Until the equality plan of the Catalan police is approved, the Government has modified the law that regulates the Mossos – on 10/1994 – to give preference to the agents before the men in the tests of access and ascent. This positive discrimination will only apply in the event of a tie and if the female presence in that category is less than 40%. The text makes it clear that preference will be reduced to cases where women are “on equal footing in terms of profile suitability with aspirants of the opposite sex.” In situations like this, where there is a score tie in the ranking order, “the need to ensure balance between women and men in the body staff will be addressed.”
Mossos agents have more training than men but rise less
The fact is that women make up only 21.09% of the members of the Catalan police. At the first internal conference on the gender perspective that took place two months ago at the Egara central complex, the head of the Mossos’ equality and equity unit, Inspector Rosa Gubianes, explained that 43% of women who they were part of the body had higher or university studies; a percentage that among men is reduced to 29%. But despite being more educated, women rise less than men and 94% of commanders are men. That is why he said that the equality plan would propose a revision of both the access tests to the body, which until two promotions still required a minimum height – a requirement that discriminated against women – and the promotion processes.
More places in the next promotion
In principle, the new measure would already be applied to the next promotion of the Mossos, which, according to the Government, will eventually be 435 agents, instead of the 245 planned for entry. It has now been argued that in order to “reverse the staff deficit with the utmost urgency”, the call will be for 435 places – including the 245 planned. The Generalitat has defended positive discrimination in the body because “it is consistent” with what is done at the European level “to ensure maximum equality in the composition of police staff”, and highlights the actions that focus on the selection processes.
Conciliation and access tests, challenges for equality in the Mossos
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