Por Soraya Rodríguez Ramos


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

Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (born 1963) is a Spanish politician and lawyer. Since she was young she has been committed to public service, democratic progress, the fight against gender-based violence and support for women victims. These last two ideals have been especially present in all the activities and positions she has held throughout her career.

Graduated in Law from the University of Valladolid, she worked as a lawyer in the first house of shelter for battered women in Castilla y León, an experience that later served her in her role as Director of the Women’s Center of the City Council of Valladolid. In her professional career she has been a professor at the University School of University Relations of Valladolid, practising lawyer, and civil servant.

In parallel, she was soon linked to politics through PSOE party in Castilla y León and her career in politics has encompassed all levels of the public sphere. She was a member of the EP in the 1999-2004 legislature, socialist candidate for mayor of the City of Valladolid in 2007. In 2008, she was appointed Secretary of State for International Cooperation, from where she actively collaborated in the creation of the Parliamentary Fronts against Hunger in Latin America, and later became in 2012 the first woman spokesperson for the socialist group in the Congress of Deputies. Later, in 2018 and still in the Congress, she was one of the promoters of the creation of the Spanish Parliamentary Alliance for the Right to Food.

In 2019, she joined the Citizens project, as an independent candidate in the elections to the European Parliament, obtaining a seat. During this parliamentary term, Soraya Rodríguez has worked actively in the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), and the Committee on Development (DEVE). In addition, she was the Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament and Chair of the EUROLAT Committee on Social Affairs.

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The logbook of a vertigo legislature in the European Parliament

Soraya Rodríguez analyses the main events that have happened in the 9th legislature of the European Parliament (2019-2024).

The European Parliament insists: abortion must be a fundamental right in the EU

Second resolution of this legislature to include the right to abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Europe: decisive step against gender-based violence

What seemed impossible just over a month ago has happened: the first European directive to combat violence against women and domestic violence is a reality.

Five years in Europe”: a review of the 2019-2024 legislature

In this publication, MEP Soraya Rodríguez reviews her activity over the past five years in the European Parliament and the parliamentary committees on which she has worked.

The book includes a compilation of articles written by the MEP in different media. In them, Soraya Rodríguez analyses the main events that have happened in relation to women’s rights, environmental protection and foreign policy.

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