The minister incorporates as positions of trust a convicted person and two investigated
The state co-spokesperson of Podemos, Isa Serra, and the former councilors in the Madrid City Council Carlos Sánchez Mato and Celia Mayer, are incorporated into the organization chart of the Ministry of Equality.
In the case of Mayer, she will serve as chief of staff for the Secretary of State for Equality, while Mato and the former spokesperson for United Podemos in the Madrid Assembly will be advisers.
As sources from United Podemos have explained to Europa Press, the department headed by Irene Montero “reinforces” its team for the second stage of the legislature with “political profiles” that add “institutional, management and municipal experience.”
They also detail that their signings also redouble the “confederal ties” for this “new stage” in which the common objective of the space for change is to build “a broad front with a view to the international alliances necessary to expand shared struggles.”
Yesterday, the appointment of the leader of the purple formation, Ángela Rodríguez ‘Pam’, was formalized as the new Secretary of State for Equality and against Gender Violence, replacing Noelia Vera who recently announced that she was leaving politics.
Rodríguez ‘Pam’ has been linked to the purple formation since 2014 and was part of the construction of Podemos Galicia and En Marea. In her academic section, she has a Master’s degree in public policies against Gender Violence and in terms of activism she has a “direct” link with the feminist movement and LGTBI groups.
Since 2020 he has been part of the team of the Ministry of Equality and has piloted such relevant negotiations as those that have to do with the Law of Sexual Freedom and the Trans Law and LGTBI rights.
“The synergy and harmony with the Minister of Equality will mark the momentum of this second stage, being the engine of the legislative projects that the Ministry of Equality has already underway for the new generation of feminist rights,” the same sources have stressed.
Mayer will be the chief of staff for Rodríguez ‘Pam’
For her part, the head of cabinet of the Secretary of State for Equality will be assumed by Celia Mayer, with “extensive experience” in managing municipal policies as she was part of the Madrid City Council Government from 2015 to 2019. Mayer was mayor of Culture during the municipal government led by former mayor Manuela Carmena.
In Unidos Podemos they highlight that he has experience in public equality policies and his entry into the Ministry “will reinforce the management of the great legislative package that the Ministry of Equality is facing.”
Specifically, they allude to the Trans Law and LGTBI rights, the reform of Law 2/2010 on Reproductive Rights, the Co-Responsible Plan, European Funds and the National Strategy against sexist violence.
Serra will forge “international feminist alliances”
For his part, Serra will promote within the organization chart of the Ministry the «international feminist alliances» with the goal of «placing Spain at the spearhead of women’s rights and the LGTBI collective». In addition, it will be in charge of maintaining direct contact between the Ministry of Equality, civil society and the feminist movement.
Meanwhile, Sánchez Mato will be an economic advisor and will be in charge of monitoring measures related to labor rights and care with a gender perspective, such as increasing permits or universal childcare benefits.
The same sources emphasize that the IU leader has outstanding municipal experience, where he “transformed economic policies” in the Madrid City Council, and joins the confederal Equality team “also to continue building that necessary broad front.”
Sánchez Mato himself has highlighted in social networks that it is “a pride to lend a hand to the great team” of Equality led by Irene Montero and Rodríguez ‘Pam’, as well as to the Political space of United We Can and to that broad front that the second vice president, Yolanda Diaz, is driving with them.
María Naredo arrives at the legal office
Also joining the cabinet in the legal section, the until now adviser to the cabinet of the Minister of Equality, María Naredo. A law graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma in Criminal Law, she was a lawyer for women’s rights and, since 1998, conducts research on violence against women, discrimination and human rights.
As a jurist specialized in gender and human rights, she has participated in international research missions and in the evaluation of projects related to violence against women. She has also been an advisor in legislation processes against gender violence in Spain, drafting, for example, the Navarre Law against gender violence. Between June 2017 and July 2019, she worked as General Director of Prevention and Care against gender violence at the Madrid City Council.
Sánchez Mato and Celia Mayer are accused of an alleged crime of embezzlement and prevarication by commissioning reports worth 50,000 euros on the agreement for the celebration of the Tennis Open, after a complaint filed by the PP.