Sunday, May 22

Irene Montero, before the report of the Judicial Power on the Trans Law: “They have opposed all feminist laws”

“What would surprise me is the opposite.” This is how the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, showed herself before the report of the General Council of Power on the draft of the trans law: “If you ask me if I would be surprised if the General Council of the Judiciary expressed its opposition to a feminist law, well No, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

“When we approved the Equal Marriage Law in Spain”, Montero recalled, “the General Council of the Judiciary even said that it would be the same as marrying a person with an animal. They have always opposed all feminist laws, even with the law on gender violence, they even raised doubts about its constitutionality.

The General Council of the Judiciary has approved this Wednesday its critical report with some points of the trans law. The report arrives several months late and is mandatory, but not binding, so the central Executive has no obligation to incorporate its criteria into the final text of the law. The report endorses the legal reflection of gender self-determination, but calls for more controls on understanding that “there is a risk of discrimination for non-transsexual women”; or so that “non-transsexual women are not discriminated against in sports competitions”.

“This government is going to be here to guarantee the rights of all women, to guarantee, in this case, the rights of LGTBI people and particularly trans people,” Montero said: “And I think the message has to be overwhelming. We know of our responsibility as a government to protect and guarantee each and every one of the rights of trans people and LGTBI people. The role of institutions is to guarantee rights and not question them.”

The Minister of Equality made these statements at the gates of the European Commission, minutes before knowing the final decision of the CGPJ. Montero has met, together with the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, with the European Commissioner for Employment, Nicolas Schmit, to address the national care strategy within the European framework.

First care strategy of the 27

“We want Spain to be the first country in the European Union to have its own state care strategy”, said the Minister for Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra after the meeting with Schmit: “If we have learned anything during the pandemic, it is that the residential model has many limits for our elderly people and for our people in situations of dependency. Most people want to stay home as long as possible, with the necessary supports. That is why we are betting on the community model, on the person-centered model and on the home support model. We have already begun to make this transformation, this care revolution, but we are going to continue working and of course we trust that next year Spain can effectively be the first country in the European Union to have a state care strategy”.

Minister Montero, for her part, stated about the meeting: “We have found a clear feminist commitment on the part of the Commission and on the part of Commissioner Schmit to have a European care strategy that allows us to guarantee the rights of people who care, that is, to guarantee the fundamental rights of women, who are the ones who bear most of the care tasks, housework, cleaning bathrooms and taking care of their sons and daughters on their shoulders. And also guarantee the care of people dependent on the elderly or simply people who need care at some point in their lives.

Thus, Montero has assured that they have found “a great harmony to be the first country in the European Union to have a state care strategy”.