The President Pedro Sánchez received this Saturday, first thing, a 32-page dossier with the impact of the more than 500 feminist manifestations that multiplied throughout Spain Friday in a wide range of international press. The repercussion was unusual and the "satisfaction" in La Moncloa and the PSOE enormous. Camino de Valladolid, where he gave an electoral rally, proved that the news about the marches in Spain was on the front page and in positive in the most important media in France and Russia and references in the United Kingdom, the United States or Brazil. His rally was already going to be turned into messages about women and their needs, but the issue monopolized the act and will henceforth be nuclear of upcoming Councils of Ministers and the interventions of his entire cabinet.
In that fight, the implication is seen positive when it is opportune of his wife, Begoña Gómez, as she did on Friday in front of the banner in Madrid, in her condition of "mother, worker and one more militant of the feminist cause". And remember that the vice president, Carmen Calvo, was in that header after a slogan of the PSOE "non-institutional."
At that time Pablo Casado, the leader of the PP, traveled from Elche to Cartagena to participate in a convention on the family. His obsession was not to cite the word abortion. And did not do it. It wants to avoid at all costs that the PSOE attacks to him in this campaign by that flank and the one of the exhumation of Franco. And he devoted his speech to recognize on the one hand that the debate on abortion (without citing it) is quite overcome in Spain, that its resolution would be in the case of Justice and promised that the PP will not come to prejudice the behavior or Intimate thoughts about women.
Casado did not go to replicate the insults or attacks he received at the Madrid demonstration, including by members of the Government such as the vice president or Sánchez's wife, and what he did was to modulate the tone and form of his messages. He promised a law to support motherhood (with more economic, fiscal and social incentives), talked about conciliation, adoption and education. And that lowering of the fretboard helped him to reaffirm that he did well to disengage the PP from the manifestations of an "excluding and divisive feminism" that is not his, which he defines as "positive and inclusive". Sources of the PP next to the leader assure that it does not regret and that it did not lose votes between its electorate of center right.
The superior mobilization of this 8M with respect to last year reinforces, according to the strategists of the PSOE, its planning. "The images we saw in all the squares and streets of Spain are those of today's Spain and tomorrow, the image of Plaza de Colón is the one we do not want to return to", was the idea of this 8M that Sanchez contrasted yesterday to the concentration "of the sanitary cord" of PP, Citizens and Vox. "On the right there are more acronyms than ideas, more testosterone than neurons," he said. One of the strong ideas of his last meetings is that this is the "century of women" and that, therefore, "whoever wants to expel women from politics will be expelled from politics by women". And there it connects with the "danger" of describing gender violence as domestic or intrafamilial as Vox did and the PP was tempted.
A "feminist" government
In the PSOE will not stop now to boast of the Government with more female ministers of Europe -11 of 17-, and all, except Nadia Calviño, will go in positions of exit in the lists. Vice President Calvo will be number two in Madrid, after Sanchez, and has had and will have a relevant role in this period.
Sanchez will face the polls with a battery of social policies designed for women, as transverse ideological as the hourly record of the working day approved in the last Council of Ministers. They understand in their team that these initiatives benefit mostly women with partial jobs. The Executive approved last week, by decree, the extension of paternity leave from five to 16 weeks in 2021, the salary transparency to avoid discrimination by sex and the recovery of Social Security contributions for non-professional caregivers of dependents, mostly women, which Mariano Rajoy eliminated. "What feminism does she defend? [Albert] Rivera when Citizens goes to the demonstration but says he will vote against the extension of paternity leave? "Was the question rather than rhetoric that Sanchez launched since his rally.
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Citizens has corrected this year its position with regard to the day of feminist vindication and joined the Friday without reservations and without the coldness of last year to the demonstration, in which participated its leading women leaders, with Inés Arrimadas at the helm. The party has differentiated from the PP and Vox by embracing the banner of "liberal feminism". Arrimadas wanted to emphasize this way, beyond the manifesto, that in the protest and festive protest should fit all the visions of those who want "equality between men and women." Albert Rivera yesterday reaffirmed himself in that position and in the defense of the causes related to freedom: "Citizens is the day of Gay Pride; in the Plaza de Colón, or San Jaume. "
United We can appeal to the vote of the critical left with the PSOE with a speech in which it is claimed as "the only guarantee" that exists for the Government "do not shake your legs" and promote social measures. This will continue to be the speech of its leader Pablo Iglesias in the campaign, in which they aspire to capitalize on their defense of equality policies.