The economic vice president, Nadia Calviño, agreed to sign an economic agreement with Qatar before the cameras in an image in which she is alone with three men: her Qatari counterpart, the emir and the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez. The services of the Presidency of the Government distributed the image that contrasts with others in which Calviño has declined to pose for being the only woman.

Sources from the Ministry of Economy explain to this newspaper that, although there were only men at the signing of that economic agreement, more women than men were part of the event organized at the Palacio de la Moncloa by the Government of Spain, including the Third Vice President, Teresa Ribera and the Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto and other senior officials.

The signing of this type of agreement can be done behind closed doors without cameras, but Moncloa wanted to give maximum relevance to the understanding with Qatar and Calviño agreed to pose to sign this specific section of economic cooperation.

The image comes a week after she refused to pose at another event because she was the only woman. She went with the organizers of the ‘Madrid Leaders Forum’ event. She explained that, previously, last February, Calviño already warned that she would not “take a picture” or “participate in a debate” in which she “was the only woman.” “There are many events in which I am the only woman because I am the minister,” she lamented.

One of the organizers of that event that was snubbed, the president of the Madrid employers’ association CEIM, Miguel Garrido, has made this comment on his official twitter account when he saw the image of Calviño with the Qataris. “A week ago she withdrew from a photo because she said that she would never take it when she was the only woman. I guess she has realized that it was an absurd position. I am happy for her rectification.”

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