More than 30 countries have joined the Geneva Consensus Declaration, a Declaration that focuses on the protection of women and girls. Therefore, we believe that the Minister of Equality, Ms. Irene Montero, should ask the Spanish government to sign the Declaration.

We have sent you a letter, the full text of which is copied below:

Madam Minister,

As you are well aware, the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States led the virtual signing of the "Geneva Consensus Declaration" last Thursday, October 22, which has been joined by more than 30 countries. The Declaration reclaims universally recognized human rights and at the same time crystallizes essential principles in favor of women, the family and national sovereignty, which should be at the center of all international policies and programs.

 Despite the repeated enunciation of these principles by UN member states, UN policy over the past decades has marginalized mothers, relegated the family and undermined national sovereignty both normatively and programmatically.

For this reason, we consider the signing of this Declaration as a historic and important event. we ask the Spanish government, through its Ministry of Equality, to join this Geneva Consensus.. We understand that this Ministry recognizes itself in this Declaration that puts women and girls as a political priority, especially in terms of health.

We especially emphasize point 5 of the Declaration, which we believe should be addressed to the Ministry of Equalityas the political institution responsible for the protection of the rights of women and girls:

We reaffirm that "the family is the natural and fundamental element of society and is entitled to the protection of society and the State".[1]that "motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance".[2]and that "women play a decisive role in the family".[3]as well as reaffirm the contribution of women to the "well-being of the family and the development of society".[4].

The Declaration reaffirms principles that underpin the binomial of femininity and masculinity, the defense and promotion of motherhood, which should be recognized as having incalculable dignity and value, guaranteeing its social and political support, and values such as the recognition of the role of women in the family and in society.

For all these reasons We ask that your Ministry sign the Declaration on behalf of the Government of Spain.

Sincerely yours,

 Leonor Tamayo

Women of the World Platform

[1] General Assembly of the United Nations. (1948). "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (217A [III], Article 16(3)). Paris.

[2] General Assembly of the United Nations. (1948). "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (217A [III], Article 25[2]). Paris.

[3] Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women. (1995). "Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action" (Annex II, Paragraph 29). Beijing.

[4] Ibid.