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Spain’s Zapatero unveils his cabinet: a majority of women and a 31 year old minister for gender equality!

Posted by fcb on April 13, 2008

 

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose Socialist Party won Spain’s general elections on March 9 – seven seats short of an absolute majority – was sworn in as Prime Minister by King Juan Carlos yesterday April 12.  Zapatero, who will be 48 on August 4, unveiled his new cabinet, which for the first time includes more women than men. “I feel very proud that there are more women ministers than men”, he said. Nine of the ministers are women and eight are men. If the Prime Minister is included, the cabinet is equally divided by gender.
Mr Zapatero reappointed Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega as deputy prime minister. The former housing minister, Carme Chacon, one of the rising stars of the Socialist party, becomes Spain’s first ever female defence minister. Although Mr Zapatero opted for continuity in several key portfolios – including foreign affairs, the economy and the interior – he also created a ministry for equality and entrusted it to a woman, Bibiana Aido, who thus becomes Spain’s youngest minister ever.
Bibiana Aido (picture above), the new minister for gender equality, was born in Alcalá de los Gazules, Cádiz, on February 2, 1977. She is a Socialist member of the parliament of Andalusia representing the province of Cádiz. She is also the secretary for gender equality in the Cádiz executive committe of the PSOE. She studied economics and business adminstration in Spain and the UK. Visit Bibiana’s blog at http://bibianaaido.wordpress.com/

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4 Responses to “Spain’s Zapatero unveils his cabinet: a majority of women and a 31 year old minister for gender equality!”

  1. Tazebao Caretaker said

    DEAR READERS, ALTHOUGH YOU ARE PERFECTLY FREE AND WELCOME TO PASTE YOUR COMMENTS ON ANY SECTION OF OUR VIRTUAL TAZEBAO, MAY WE SUGGEST THAT YOU DO SO IN THE SPACE PROVIDED UNDER THE LATEST POST “A bow in the cloud: unity, diversity and the Movement”. WE ARE ASKING THIS OF YOU BECAUSE WE WOULD LIKE TO CHANNEL THE NEW COMMENTS IN ONE SECTION FOR EASY READING AND CROSS-REFERENCE. YOU ARE NOT, OF COURSE, LIMITED TO THE THEME OF THE POST BELOW WHICH YOU LEAVE YOUR COMMENT, AS LONG AS IT IS IN SOME WAY RELEVANT TO THE ISSUE OF THE CHOICE OF A NEW LEADER.

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  2. fabrizioellul said

    I think what Zapatero is doing for Spain is great. He is radically opening up the system. I hope Labour can truly reflect this liberal socialist attitude; because quite frankly we do not want another Gonzi with his lovely smile and hollow rhetoric.

  3. Karin Dimech said

    Fabrizio! I have posted the comment below in the mainstream section “Bow in the clouds”. Visit it when you have time, to check out response to it, if any.

    “I came across Fabrizio Ellul’s lonely comment of April 24, 2008 in the section on Zapatero of this bubbly and unpredictable blog. His is the only comment to that section. Not, probably, because visitors to this site are not interested in Zappy’s great – and so far succesful – sociopolitical experiment in Spain, but simply because the administrators of this blog are doing their best to corral commenting visitors into a few mainstream locations to get the maximum of cross dialogue and focus.

    Anyways, Fabrizio says: “I think what Zapatero is doing for Spain is great. He is radically opening up the system. I hope Labour can truly reflect this liberal socialist attitude; because quite frankly we do not want another Gonzi with his lovely smile and hollow rhetoric.”

    May I suggest that rather than sarcastically discard Gonzi’s “lovely smile”, we try to understand why such smiles (think of Berlusconi’s huge grin) do often succeed in winning over large swathes of ‘the people’ even when the owners of the mouths that produce them are largely discredited by the thinking section of the electorate? Should we not make a bigger effort, intellectual but ultimately political, to analyse those conditions that turn Gonzi’s (and Berlusconi’s) “hollow rhetoric” into apparently profound wisdom in the ears of the majority (no matter how slim)?

    Fabrizio, get yourself out of that lonely corner and join the crowd in this comment stream! You have important things to say. Say them where we can hear and discuss them!”

    Karin Dimech

  4. Tazebao Caretaker said

    WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING INCREASING QUANTITY OF SPAM. SPAM-SUSPECT MAIL IS AUTOMATICALLY DIVERTED TO A SPAM FOLDER PENDING VERIFICATION. WE FILTER MATERIAL IN THIS FOLDER NOT LESS THAN ONCE EVERY 24 HOURS TO RELEASE NON-SPAM ITEMS CAUGHT IN THE NET. WE APOLOGISE TO THE SEVERAL CONTRIBUTORS WHOSE COMMENTS WERE THUS DELAYED.

    THE CARETAKER

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