The president of the Madrid Business Confederation-CEOE (CEIM), Miguel Garrido, has reacted this Tuesday to the gesture of Nadia Calviño, Minister of Economy and First Vice President of the Government, who has refused to pose for a photograph with the organizers of the event ‘ Madrid Leaders Forum’, held this Tuesday at Ifema, for being the only woman.
Calviño already warned in February that he would not “take a picture” or “participate in a debate” in which “he was the only woman.” “There are many events in which I am the only woman because I am the minister,” she lamented at the time.
“I’m really sorry. We should have talked about it, ”the vice president lamented this morning, fulfilling the word she had given. At the end of the act, the general secretary of CEIM, Sara Molero, joined in, and then she did agree to take the photo.
For his part, Garrido pointed out after the incident in The Madrid Window not understand Calviño’s gesture. “A vice president of the Government of Spain I do not know why she has to exclude some people to be in a photo,” she said.
The president of the Madrid employers’ association has assured that he has not taken it the wrong way and that “we must not give importance” to Calviño’s gesture. “If he doesn’t want to take the photo only with men, it’s his decision,” he said.
The president of CEIM has claimed to feel “surprised”. “He did not understand it, he did not know anything, they had not told us anything since protocol,” he remarked. In addition, he has insisted that it is something that should not be given importance.
“Today this was not the case because just before she intervened there was a table where all the speakers were women. Today has not been the case, but I understand. The presidents of the majority of European governments are also mostly men, because they have been chosen by their representatives. We have a democratic process and each one elects the representative they want”, she declared.
The president of CEIM has indicated that Calviño’s decision “seems good” to him and has indicated that “everyone does what they want.” “I don’t think it’s a relevant issue”, he has finished.
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