The Spanish Government (People's Party) forces the closure of UN Women national delegation, even when the agency never meant any cost for the Spanish budget.
It is extremely infrequent that a country invites an UN agency to go without any previous conflict occurring. But it seems that the dialogue between Spain and UN Women became difficult with the new conservative Government.
It is an evidence that the current Government of Spain feels bothered with gender equality policies. This reluctance was made clear with the announcement of the new bill against abortion -criminalised even in cases of fetal malformation-, and other cuts and reforms with negative impacts on gender equality; but the decision of kicking out UN Women shows a lack of diplomacy unbearable for a country like Spain.
Worth mentioning that in the last years Spain had positioned itself as an international reference model in the area of gender equality policies, particularly the fight against gender violence. The former Government of Mr. Zapatero (Socialist Workers Party) had a strong commitment with gender equality, supporting the fight against gender violence at the forefront of national and EU's agenda.
But all these achievements are at a serious risk. It seems that the actual conservative Government is trying to jeopardize everything that has to be with gender, equal opportunities, non-discrimination and social welfare.
Sources from UN expressed concern: "it is unfortunate that Spain now miss the influence achieved in gender issues, is going to have a lower profile within the UN system".
Now it is the turn of the EU to express its repulse against this action.
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