The new Minister of Equality, Ana Redondo, was, until this Monday, a socialist councilor in Valladolid and an expert in constitutional law. With a dialogic disposition and a little love of controversies and dialectical battles, the successor of Irene Montero presents a technical profile that is in contrast to the marked political nature of his predecessor. Pedro Sánchez put equality in socialist hands after a legislature full of tensions and confrontations in the portfolio of Montero (Unidas Podemos), mainly on the trans law, and, above all, because of the unexpected effects of reducing sentences for more than a thousand sex offenders, which happened after the approval of the law of only yes is yes.
The new head of equality, a 57-year-old from Valladolid and right hand of Óscar Puente (also called the Minister of Transport), a little known profile in the feminist field, is a jurist with an agenda that is more technical than political and who is called to restore spirits after a legislature of great division on the issue of equality at the level of parties and the feminist movement.
Those who worked with her in her more than fifteen years of political activity, first as a PSOE lawyer in the Cortes of Castilla y León, where she continues to be the only woman serving as socialist spokesperson, and then in the municipality of Valladolid, in the Front of Culture led by Óscar Puente as mayor, agree that he is a person with an institutional profile and dialogue, but experienced in the proximity of local problems.
Redondo, a doctor of constitutional law from the University of Valladolid, is one of the socialists who revives the spirit of former minister Carme Chacón, whom he admits to great admiration for the role he played in Zapatero’s PSOE, with a marked feminist accent, which she showed on every occasion she experienced at the regional and municipal level.
Redondo has a technical and non-controversial agenda based on the government agreement signed by PSOE and Sumar. It should complete the parity, anti-trafficking, and anti-racism laws, promote the revision of the State Pact against Gender Violence, and complete the development of the only yes-is-yes law, still pending.
In this agreement, there is no mention of surrogacy or obstetric violence, issues that do not encourage unity in the feminist movement. Nor about prostitution, despite the fact that the PSOE has defended on countless occasions that its elimination and the punishment of pimping and third-party hiring are important issues in its feminist agenda.
Among its inevitable objectives is to address other forms of sexist violence, such as digital or economic violence, the emergence of denialism, and the rise of gender and sexual violence among young people. Redondo is not much given to public controversies; in fact, he lacks social networks and avoids dialectical battles, beyond a fierce defense of the principles he believes in that there is equality between women and men as one of the most settled.
The new Minister of Equality made his first parliamentary steps in the Cortes of Castilla y León as spokesperson for Education and Universities, with a technical profile due to his connection to the university environment as a professor since 1990, but slowly he assumed greater weight within the Socialist Group in a chaotic period with many leadership changes.
In fact, he became the deputy spokesman of the current Chief of Staff of Pedro Sánchez, Óscar López, who left the leadership of the party at the regional level to become the spokesman of the PSOE in the Senate, giving the current minister the spokesman of the Socialist Group. autonomous. During that time, he served as a ‘bridge’ and transition until the PSOE-CyL chose its current leader in the primaries, Luis Tudanca, who wanted Redondo to remain in his group, which he achieved between 2011 and 2015, but this could not be done in what followed when he decided to be number two on Óscar Puente’s list in the municipal elections that year.
In the City Council, with access to the municipal government, he discovered the honeys of management, which he identified in the conversations of the analysis of the transition from regional to local politics, because he appreciated the capacity for social change that he possessed. since the beginning.Department of Culture and Tourism. To his credit, the management of one of the cultural references of Spanish cinema, such as Seminci, where he expressed a system of competition in the selection of its director, and also the departure of the tourist from the city, linked to many concerts in beautiful form developed in the Plaza Mayor, in this case with the direct participation of Óscar Puente.