In the absence of knowing the names of the popular ones who will occupy the ministries of the new Government of Castilla y León, everything indicates that It will not be a peer group… for the second time in a row.
And it is that Alfonso Fernández Mañueco has given good signs of have no commitment to equality. In fact, in 2019 he broke the parity of Juan Vicente Herrera in the last eight years to present a team of seven directors for only three directors (Isabel Blanco, Rocío Lucas and Verónica Casado, chosen by Ciudadanos) after his government agreement with the Cs of Igea and Rivera.
The non-equal constitution of his Government, then, has nothing to do with the arrival of Vox to it, it is a previous idea. Although it is true that the appointment of three men to lead the areas corresponding to Vox after the Government pact (Agriculture-Livestock, Industry-Employment and Culture-Tourism) make the possible parity even more complicated. Of the seven ministries that Mañueco has left, he would have to appoint 5 women so that the balance would be balanced.
His predecessor in office, Juan Vicente Herrera, did build parity governments in the last two legislatures. In 2015, he appointed 5 women for 4 men at the head of the ministries (Rosa Valdeón, Pilar del Olmo, Milagros Marcos, Alicia García and María Josefa García). Four years earlier, in 2011, Herrera’s numbers were similar: 5 men and 4 women (Pilar del Olmo, Silvia Clemente, Milagros Marcos and Alicia García). In fact, not even in 2007 were the figures so far from parity as in the 2019 Mañueco government, since then 7 men and 5 women were elected as councilors (similar to the 6-4 in 2003).
Curiously, the issue of equality has already given numerous headlines after the government pact between PP and Vox, due to the far-right party ideology, which has already forced Mañueco to talk about the domestic violence law in Castilla y León. The creation of this new norm, which will coexist with the previous one on Gender Violence, has already generated at least one large demonstration by feminist groups in the region, in addition to numerous protest activities, such as the signing of a national manifesto against of the proposal devised by Vox.
The feminist groups of Castilla y León have already publicly condemned the setback of rights that Vox wants, a new partner of the PP Government in the community, and even politicians such as Rosa Valdeón, who was vice president of the regional government with Herrera, lamented in a talk with CCOO that 13 representatives of Vox are going to be able to “promote machismo that we have been trying to disappear for years.”
And it is that the man from Salamanca has ‘bought’ Vox’s speech since his own investiture, in which it was clear that the impositions of the party of Abascal they took him to a very complicated terrain, making him ‘swallow’ with all his proposals in exchange for a ‘yes’, despite the commitment to gender equality expressed by his party in other legislatures.