Carmen Calvo, the former Vice President of the Government of Spain, recently praised the policies implemented by the regional government of Castilla-La Mancha in their efforts to achieve gender equality. Calvo spoke at a public meeting in La Puebla de Montalbán (Toledo), where she was joined by regional President Emiliano García-Page, Estela Palma, the PSOE candidate for mayor, and Ismael del Pino, the current Socialist mayor. During the meeting, Calvo commended García-Page’s commitment to equalizing the conditions of men and women. She described the fight for gender equality as the most important of all, acknowledging the historical exclusion of women from the public sphere.
Calvo reaffirmed the historical role of PSOE in the implementation of measures such as non-contributory pensions for women who were unable to contribute. She also contrasted the role of PSOE with other political parties who she claimed operate in their self-interest and nationalisms.
Calvo spoke out against surrogacy and the idea that bringing children into the world is considered the most important thing for women but is devalued in favor of surrogacy when it becomes profitable. She called on men to play an active and open role in defending gender equality, particularly when it comes to fighting gender violence.
Palma, the PSOE candidate for mayor, highlighted the importance of policies that promote work-life balance, particularly for women who face difficult choices. She cited the Plan Corresponsables, included in the II Strategic Plan for Equality of Opportunities between men and women in Castilla-La Mancha, as an example of an effective regional policy. Outgoing Mayor Ismael del Pino expressed his support for Palma and offered to provide whatever help she needed.
Overall, Calvo’s comments were in support of the PSOE candidate for mayor, Estela Palma, who she described as someone who brings light and solves problems for the people. Calvo’s words also supported the policies aimed at achieving gender equality as a priority, especially those implemented by the regional government of Castilla-La Mancha.