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Undersecretary visits Spain with a focus on Feminist Foreign Policy

Monday, April 29th 2024

The Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Gloria de la Fuente, made a working visit to Madrid, whose main objective was to strengthen dialogue and joint work on Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) and gender equality, as well as to learn in detail how Spain is implementing these policies.

In this context, the Undersecretary held a meeting with the Secretary of State for Equality, Aina Calvo, where they discussed the progress, challenges and risks in this area. In particular, the Undersecretary referred to the process of implementation of the Feminist Foreign Policy in Chile, its stages and the formulation and launching of the action plan in March of this year. In addition, both authorities shared, from their areas of work, some advances in the care system, political representation of women and in the digital agenda, science, technology and innovation.

Within the context of the challenges of the FFP action plan, the Undersecretary met with the Director of the Equality Unit of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aranzazu Bañón, who shared the work guidelines based on the Spanish State's Equality Plan applied to the Feminist Foreign Policy. For her part, Undersecretary de la Fuente explained the implementation processes of the UNDP's Equality Seal and Sernameg's Equal Conciliation Seal, both certifications being carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition, the authority held a meeting with the Secretary of State for Ibero-America, the Caribbean and Spanish in the World, Susana Sumelzo. On the occasion, they briefly reviewed the most relevant issues of the bilateral relationship and the agreements signed between the two countries. They also highlighted the excellent state of the relationship between Chile and Spain and agreed on the importance of continuing to work together on relevant issues such as Feminist Foreign Policy.

Lastly, the Undersecretary made a presentation at Casa de América on "Democracy in Latin America: a perspective from Chile", where she shared some of her thoughts with Esther del Campo, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Madrid, and in which she referred to the main trends and challenges facing democracy in Latin America and the importance of diplomacy to protect it.

With this visit, Chile and Spain reaffirm their commitment to advance towards substantive equality and the empowerment and autonomy of women and girls in all their diversity, as well as the full, equal and meaningful participation of women at all levels in decision-making, in the economic sphere and in all areas of society.