Adriana Lastra has not cited her well-known pregnancy as the reason that has led her to resign as deputy general secretary of the PSOE, but has referred to “important changes” in her life that require “calm and rest”, a “difficult” situation for combine with “the intensity required by the leadership of the party”. This decision to resign instead of taking sick leave has been publicly questioned by PP and Vox, and also internally by some socialists.
“I wish Adriana Lastra that everything goes very well,” said the general secretary of the PP and spokesperson for the Popular Group in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, but stressed that “there must always be the possibility of not resigning, of not resigning, whatever the responsibility of the position held”.
“This is not the path of equality, it is discharge with reinstatement in their functions,” Gamarra stated emphatically, in a message on his official Twitter account.
In similar terms, the deputy secretary of Social Policies of the PP, Carmen Navarro, has expressed herself, who has also wished Lastra “the best” but has wondered if a pregnancy justifies a resignation. “Or is it not a resignation but a dismissal?”, She has questioned her.
In a message on her official Twitter account, collected by Europa Press, Navarro stressed that a pregnancy “is always a reason for joy” and added that she congratulates Adriana Lastra and wishes her “the best”. “But, does a pregnancy justify a resignation? Resigning from your managerial responsibilities is -at least- a luxury,” she said.
The spokesman for the Vox Political Action Committee, Jorge Buxadé, has indicated this Monday that it seems “very good” that Adriana Lastra has resigned to “take care of herself and her baby”, while the now spokesperson for the formation in the Andalusian Parliament, Macarena Olona, has questioned that she has been “forced to resign due to her pregnancy”.
“A woman should not be forced to resign because of her pregnancy. Signed: Vox,” Olona wrote in a message on her Twitter account at Europa Press, without expressly citing Lastra, who only resigns from her organic position, but maintains her seat in Congress.
On the contrary, in the press conference that he offered at the party’s national headquarters, Buxadé said that “it seems very good to him” that Lastra leave his responsibilities in the PSOE due to that personal circumstance.
“She has every right to reduce her activity and take care of herself and her baby,” she explained, before adding that she is “very happy about the pregnancy of any Spanish woman” and wishing the deputy to enjoy her pregnancy and that the birth of your child is “wonderful”.
“It would also be necessary for pregnancy and motherhood to be incompatible in the PSOE to have a performance,” summarizes a prominent socialist consulted by Servimedia. Both in social networks and in the chats and conversations of the socialist leaders, comments reigned on the position in which the feminist message of the PSOE remains when the message is sent to the public that a pregnant woman cannot be in certain positions.
Publicly, the head of the PSOE delegation in Brussels and president of the Social Democrats in the European Parliament, Iratxe García, stated that “being a mother does not disqualify you from politics.” “But, is it so difficult to understand and respect a woman when she decides to stop and make a decision thinking of her and not of others? Well, that, a little more empathy and less looking for four legs to the cat,” she settled.
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