The guidelines for using inclusive language in the Madrid City Council, whose foundations were laid by the Government of Now Madrid, have been relaxed. Manuela Carmena’s corporation drafted a guide to eliminate sexist language from municipal documents with recommendations to avoid the use of masculine as neutral. This practice has already been included in the Equality Law since 2007. However, ordinances and regulations approved during the mandate of PP and Ciudadanos resolve the issue by including a provision that considers the criteria of the Royal Spanish Academy as valid and warns that the words of the masculine gender “shall be understood as referring to both men and women. “.
Congress rejects PP and Vox attempt to eliminate inclusive language in administration
“In compliance with article 14.11 of Organic Law 3/2007, of March 22, for the effective equality of women and men, in those cases in which this regulation uses words of the masculine gender to refer to people, they will be understood as referring to both to women as well as to men, in accordance with the criteria established by the Royal Spanish Academy “, says the clause, collected, for example, in the Air Quality Ordinance or in the modification of the Taxi Sector Regulatory Ordinance. The same clarifying provision is present in regulations such as the District Proximity Councils or the Employment Agency. However, there are documents that do consider inclusive language, like this opposition for “Professor of Ceramics at the Madrid City Council.
The matter was discussed in the last Committee on Families, Equality and Social Welfare at the proposal of Más Madrid. “What the guide recommends is not at all what the RAE says, but the masculine will be replaced by a generic one or the term will be split into masculine and feminine. Their responsibility is to ensure that this is fulfilled and not go backwards,” he said. Councilor Carolina Pulido. The delegate of the area, Pepe Aniorte, assured that his department “worked for the application of the Equality law”, which includes the use of non-sexist language, and settled: “Less symbolic character and more concrete measures that help women” .
The councilor recalled that his area approved a year ago a guide with guidelines for preparing reports on regulatory analysis. This document, from May 2020, specifically addresses the issue of non-sexist language “and includes even more important issues,” according to Aniorte, such as the evaluation of the effects of the norms on equality. “An example of this is the new Mobility and Environment Ordinance, which incorporates very positive measures for equality, such as on-demand stops that improve the safety of women,” explains a spokeswoman for the area.
The debate does not only take place in the Madrid City Council. The Congress rejected this week an initiative of Vox, agreed with the PP, which censored the use of inclusive language in the Administration and which called on the Government to follow the “norms, forecasts and guidelines” of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) to when deciding “the language to be used by all public administrations” and the agencies dependent on them.
Vox proposed to eliminate non-sexist language but the PP, in exchange for its support, included precisely, as is happening in the Madrid City Council, the reference to the RAE. Citizens also endorsed the initiative and the Regionalist Party of Cantabria. Santiago Abascal’s party has stretched this issue to the extreme, questioning, for example, the president of the Senate, Pilar Llop, as “president.”