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TC magistrates claim the need for "real equality": "We cannot consent to this social injustice"

MADRID, 8 Mar.

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TC magistrates claim the need for "real equality": "We cannot consent to this social injustice"


Magistrates of the Constitutional Court (TC) have claimed on March 8 the need to achieve "real equality" between men and women, describing the existing gender gap as "social injustice", despite the progress made in recent years.

"Without real equality, there will be no freedom, justice or political pluralism either," said the vice president of the Constitutional Court, Inmaculada Montalbán, during the ceremony held this Wednesday at the guarantee court on the occasion of International Women's Day.

The vice president led this celebration accompanied by magistrates María Luisa Segoviano, Laura Díez and Concepción Espejel, leaving only one of the women who currently make up the TC, María Luisa Balaguer, who has been absent.

Montalbán highlighted the work of the Constitutional Court, recalling that since its first sentences it has promoted "a resolute defense of women's rights, with a growing awareness of the need to address their scope and content from a gender perspective" .

Specifically, he has emphasized the positive evolution in the successive compositions of the Constitutional Court, highlighting that for the first time in its history, since January 9, it has five women among its eleven members.

However, the 'number two' of the guarantee court has been aware that, despite the achievements, there are still "difficulties, misunderstandings, violence and obstacles."

One of the most demanding voices of the act has been Segoviano. The former president of the Social Chamber of the Supreme Court has denounced that "despite the fact that very important steps have been taken, real and effective equality has not yet been achieved."

Segoviano has emphasized that, although "formal equality" has been achieved by the laws that guarantee it, including the Constitution, "reality is stubborn" and shows "intolerable" situations of inequality, such as the wage gap or the low presence women in positions of power.

"All this cannot leave us impassive, we believe that our fight must continue. We cannot consent to this social injustice, this situation in which there is no equality and it seems that it is accepted as something normal," he said.

For his part, Espejel has reflected on how all democracy is built on equal rights and non-discrimination. "Both the look and the word of women are essential to draft standards and apply them," she said.

During the act, the work of the emeritus president of the TC María Emilia Casas, the magistrate of the Court of Justice of the European Union Lourdes Arastey and the magistrate of the European Court of Human Rights María Elósegui was recognized.

Espejel has recognized, in particular, the work of the women who work in the Constitutional Court, beyond the magistrates, a silent but fundamental work, as he has valued. As for Díez, she has highlighted the role and effort of female professors in the Spanish university during these decades.

In addition, the act was attended by the president of the TC, Cándido Conde-Pumpido, the magistrates Enrique Arnaldo, César Tolosa and Juan Carlos Campo, as well as numerous judicial authorities, such as members of the General Council of the Judiciary, magistrates and prosecutors of the Supreme Court and members of women's legal associations.