The Acting Justice Minister, Dolores Delgado, met in Washington with the United States Attorney General (charge equivalent to Minister of Justice), William Barr, to address issues related to bilateral cooperation in matters of Justice, as well as in the scope of relations with the European Union and Latin America.

After the meeting, Delgado pointed out the "good state" of judicial cooperation between Spain and the United States in the context of the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, the persecution of organized crime and the laundering of assets.

During her stay in Washington, Minister Delgado also participated in a round table on female leadership with the executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States, Carmen Moreno, with whom she has maintained a colloquium moderated by the correspondent of 'La Vanguardia' in the US capital, Beatriz Navarro.

Delgado has referred to Spain as a leading country in gender rights and policies in which female leadership has more and more weight. The majority presence of women in the Council of Ministers and the progressive increase in the number of deputies of Congress that in this legislature rises to 47.4%, the highest percentage in the history of the Chamber, are data that they show that women are integrating with firm step the political life of our country. But it is necessary, the minister said, to reach all areas of decision "to change politics, the economy and society."

Delgado lamented that in the economic sector there is only 23.7% of women on the boards of Ibex 35 companies compared to 76.3% of jobs held by men, and this despite the positive impact, according to data of the International Labor Organization, has the female presence in positions of responsibility in terms of greater benefits and improvements in creativity, innovation and corporate reputation.

The minister has defended the female model of leadership because the "single presence of women transforms the institutions in which they are integrated", making the gender perspective present in the processes, practices and the distribution of power in the different areas of the society.

Delgado has called for the demolition of the barriers that still persist and that impede the professional development of many women, and to continue promoting laws and public policies that exercise "the necessary impulse" to advance the real and effective equality of women and men. In this regard, he underlined the commitment of the Government of Pedro Sánchez to gender equality by placing it as a priority objective in the consolidation of a full democracy.

The minister, who has defined herself as an "activist of human rights and equality", has indicated that working to make it effective is something that "concerns the whole society" and has called on the other 50% of the population to to accompany women in the pursuit of their rights.

With her participation in this debate on women and leadership, the Minister of Justice ends her stay in Washington and the trip she has made to the United States, which started on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in New York. with his speech at a seminar on justice and security within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

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