11th August 2022
Nadia Calviño speaking at a 'Spain Investors Day' business conference
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Spain’s Economy Minister ‘won’t take part in more debates if she’s the only woman’

Spain’s Economy Minister Nadia Calviño has made a stand for gender equality, saying she won’t take part in any more events or official group photographs where she is the only woman present.

‘I will never again be in a photo where I am the only woman,’ she told a business conference in Madrid where she was an invited speaker last Thursday. ‘I won’t take part in any more debates when I am the only woman.’

Calviño said the issue of gender equality needed to be taken seriously.

‘I go to a lot of events where I’m the only woman there because I’m the minister,’ she said, adding: ‘We can’t keep thinking it’s normal that 50% of the population isn’t present.’

Calviño is also the first deputy prime minister and is overseeing Spain’s digital transformation.

The socialist PSOE-led Spanish government has made women’s rights a central plank of its policies. The cabinet has 12 women and 10 men.

Nadia Calviño speaking at a 'Spain Investors Day' business conference
An image tweeted of Nadia Calviño speaking at a ‘Spain Investors Day’ business conference on 12 January 2022, showing an audience predominantly of men.

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