The president of the Popular Party, Pablo Casado, has once again this year been the main protagonist of the central act for the 8M celebrated by his party on the occasion of Women’s Day, in which he has vindicated “liberal feminism” and has charged against the Government for allowing the marches of just a year ago, converted since then by both PP and Vox as in the main culprits of infections and deaths from coronavirus.
Precariousness and the gender gap hit women in the front line against the pandemic
This Monday, Casado has come to assure that “March 8 has become a symbol of what was done wrong last year” by the Executive that, as he said, “concealed international alerts and put many at risk women”. Along these lines, the leader of the popular ones has wondered “how many deaths would have been avoided” if the feminist demonstrations of 2020 had not been called without “prioritizing the ideological agenda and the banner instead of safety and health.” “Only by taking measures a day before, 62% of the infections would have been avoided,” he has settled.
Casado considers that it should be “celebrated that nowadays in Spain and in Europe women are not born victims”, unlike in other parts of the world, and despite claiming the fight for equality, he wanted to emphasize that his defense focuses on putting ahead “any individual freedom against collectivism.” “Freedom regardless of whether you are a man, a woman, heterosexual, gay, Catholic or Muslim,” he said during the 8M event that the PP held at the Casa de América in Madrid.
“We do not feel uncomfortable with them saying that we are a party that deals with feminism if that is the fight against inequality, but that we do it with the freedom of the people at the center,” Casado remarked, adding that his ” The concept of real equality of opportunity is in which women do not confront men but neither do men confront women “. “A good understanding, few words are enough,” he added, without giving further explanations.
The leader of the PP, who has assured that he has been talking about feminism for 20 years from New Generations, the youth organization of the party that he led in Madrid, has also asked the leaders of his party not to allow themselves to be labeled “not even by the left”. “To say that we do not defend the cause of women, it is ridiculous to say that you do not defend the cause of half of humanity,” he explained. “But we are not going to let ourselves be taught lessons by others who think that supposedly we have succumbed to political correctness when we have the pertinent readings done, and even the writings and speeches that define us all as political facts,” he insisted, clearly reference to the extreme right of Vox, thanks to which the PP governs in communities and municipalities but from which Casado wants to mark distances on issues such as feminism or immigration.
“The PP has the support of women”
Casado has spared no criticism of the government, which he has accused of being “divided” as well as wanting to “assume the representativeness of half of humanity.” “The PP is a party that has the support of women,” he emphasized. In his opinion, in the Executive there is a “great division” and this has been seen “with the trans law, that of equality, against discrimination or with the debate on surrogacy.” “We are even seeing ministers of classical socialism lashing out at the Minister of Equality,” he emphasized.
However, the leader of the PP has considered that “it is difficult for a government that is divided among them to be united in defending the cause of women,” for which he has concluded that Pedro Sánchez’s is “the worst government in combat against the pandemic, in social cohesion and job creation, in educational quality, in opportunities and also the worst government in defending equal opportunities for all Spanish women “.
Previously, the party’s Deputy Secretary for Social Policy, Ana Pastor, had considered that “feminism is not a registered trademark.” “We do not have an aggressive discourse, we do not fight with people, we do not have reductionist discourses of the feminine,” he stressed. According to her, the PP does not intend to “lead” women or tell them “how they have to think.” “The women of this party do not exclude anyone nor are we a total revolutum,” she added, to conclude with a reflection addressed to Vox: “We are against those who refuse to recognize that there is violence against women for the fact of being women”.