Por Soraya Rodríguez Ramos

Spanish politician and lawyer, Member of the European Parliament in the Spanish delegation of Renew Europe since 2019.

SORAYA RODRÍGUEZ

Spanish politician and lawyer, Member of the European Parliament in the Spanish delegation of Renew Europe since 2019.

Soraya Rodríguez Ramos is a Spanish politician and lawyer committed since a young age to the public service and to the fight against gender-based violence and support for victims. Soraya was a lawyer at the first Center for the Center for the Reception of Women Victims of Ill-treatment that opened in Castilla y León. Later, she became Director of the Women’s Center in Valladolid City Council in Spain.

Soraya Rodríguez has brought the defense of women’s rights to all the activities and positions she has held since. She soon became linked to politics through the socialist party (PSOE) in Castilla y León. She actively worked in various roles - from the municipal level in the City Council of Valladolid (closest to the citizen) to the Spanish Congress of Deputies - where she was the first spokes-woman of the socialist parliamentary group. She then became a Member in the European Parliament where she first took a seat from 1999 to 2004.

In 2008, she was Secretary of State for International Cooperation where she actively collaborated in the creation of the Parliamentary Fronts against Hunger in Latin America. Additionally in Congress, she was one of the promoters of the creation of the Spanish Parliamentary Alliance for the Right to Food established in 2018.

Currently, she works actively as the Human Rights Coordinator for the European Liberal Group in the European Parliament. She is also an active member of the Equality Committee where she stands up for the defence and equality of women and girls’ rights. In her work in the Environment Committee, she advocates for the right to a healthy environment and its recognition in public law.

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