Over the past few years we have seen a new reality, with an increasingly booming trend changing society. A reality that manifests itself in two complementary aspects. On the one hand, women’s struggle for equal rights and opportunities is constituting a genuine social revolution and, on the other hand, diversity as a tool for growth and sustainable development.
Society demands building a world of solidarity that takes on diversity and plurality. A plurality that is not the plurality of the same but the union of the different, since equality does not mean common identity.
Women continue to struggle for the need to confront and eliminate structural discrimination at work and in the roles at all levels in world society, achieving descriptive representation that is not only gender-balanced, but also participatory and reflecting the social diversity in which minorities must be integrated in the present and future.
Thus, last January 2020, Spain took a step towards this participatory and inclusive representation by appointing Rita Bosaho Gori as Director of Equal Treatment and Ethnic-Racial Diversity, who becomes the first black deputy in the history of Spain. Politics and activist of Equatorial Guinean origin, Rita Bosaho holds a degree in History from the University of Alicante and a master’s degree from the same University in Identities and Integration of Contemporary Europe.She has worked as a Technician in Media Care at the University General Hospital of Alicante, for more than twenty years and has always been linked to different social projects, such as the Culture and Solidarity Project, the Association of Mediators Social And Tropical Social Affairs of the Valencian Community and the Feminist Platform of Alicante. In 2016 she became the first elected Afro-descendant MP in the XI legislature in the Congress of Deputies for the Alicante constituency, and now holds the aforementioned Directorate within the Ministry of Equality headed by Minister Irene Montero, with which he has worked in his training being, at present, her right hand.
In this way, Rita Bosaho joins the cast of women who have made possible a significant change within politics as Ilhan Omar, Somali origin and until now a democratic legislator in the house of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib, Palestinian roots lawyer and former state MP in Michigan, also by the Democratic Party, or Sharice Davids, a member of a Wisconsin tribe called Ho-Chunk, a lawyer and former martial arts fighter, Deb Haaland, a New Mexico activist who was a Native American voting director in Barack Obama’s campaign for Barack Obama’s presidential election 2012; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest Latino congresswoman in U.S. history, has been in the world to be a long-term high. U.S.A., Veronica Escobar, Sylvia Garcia, who are the first Latino congressmen in Texas, and Debbie Murcasel-Powell, in Floridaor Ayanna Pressley, the first African-American woman in congress for the state of Massachusetts, Alice Bah Kunhke, the first black woman to show up as a Member of MeP for Sweden,Antonella Bundu, the first black woman to run for the mayor of Florence,Cecile Kyenge, the former minister of integration in Italy or Benedicta Silva, the first black woman elected senator in Brazil, among many others.
All women expect much from this step forward embodied in the person and figure of Rita Bosaho. We expect a lot from your work and from your culture, training and image. But it is also very important to point out what has its appointment as a symbol for Spanish society.
The future will be diverse or not a progressive and just future. Rita Bosaho, proud of her present and also of her roots, is a prepared and cultured woman, brave and dynamic who, not because she is the first in a government will be the last. It is not a question of concrete ideologies, but of justice and of pushing the only values that will make a better world for all.