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Argentina establishes a job quota for transvestites and trans people in the public sector

The Government of Argentina established last Friday a job quota whereby at least 1% of the positions in the public sector must be filled "by transvestites, transsexuals and transgender people who meet the conditions of suitability for the position", according to a decree published in the Official Gazette.

The text clarifies that the quota will apply to "transvestites, transsexuals and transgender people, whether or not they have carried out the rectification of sex and the change of first name and image", and reiterates the right of the group to non-discrimination "by reasons for gender identity or its expression ".

In this sense, the candidate's level of studies "cannot be an obstacle to entry and permanence in employment," and they will be allowed to enter on the condition that they complete the missing educational levels and complete them.

The decree establishes the creation of a voluntary entry register for people who wish to aspire to the quota, dependent on the Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity, which will compile the job profiles of the candidates and make them available to public bodies.

However, registration in this registry "will not be considered a requirement, in any case, for the entry to a job in the public sector by this population."

An inter-ministerial coordination unit will also be created whose functions will "promote support mechanisms for the permanence in employment", "guarantee the necessary education spaces" and "promote spaces for coordination and participation of union entities with representation in the public sector".

"In our society there is a systematic pattern of inequality that particularly subjects transvestites, transsexuals and transgender people to a chain of exclusions and discrimination that often begins in childhood. From the State we have the obligation to create the conditions to guarantee the full exercise of their rights and equal opportunities, "said the country's Minister for Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta.

The head of the branch added that the group suffered "the historical expulsion in the educational fields, the difficulty in obtaining formal and stable jobs", so "the trans labor quota is an important step in that way."

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