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Rita Bosaho 1st black woman in Spanish Parliament

Rita Bosaho
Born in Equatorial Guinea, Bosaho moved to Spain more than 30 years ago, working as nurse before she became involved in politics. Photograph: Morell/EPA

Source: The Guardian

Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becomes Spain’s first female black MP

As Spanish politicians gear up for what could be weeks of political wrangling, the unprecedented election result has ushered in another first for the country, with Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becoming the first black person to win a seat in Spain’s parliament.

It’s about time, isn’t it?,”

Bosaho told El País. In Spain immigrants make up about 15% of the population but represent less than 1% of the country’s lawmakers.

Born in Equatorial Guinea, 50-year-old Bosaho moved to Spain more than three decades ago, working as a nurse before she made the jump to politics. Motivated by what she calls an

obsession

for human rights and worried about what kind of world she was leaving behind for her child, she decided to add her name to the list of Podemos candidates in the coastal city of Alicante.

It’s a window that’s open to the future,”

she said of her party.  The amount of attention she has received in recent weeks has surprised her, she told Spanish news agency Efe.

Why is it so striking that a black woman could end up in parliament? What does that say about us all being integrated?

The dearth of diversity in Spain’s institutions, she said, comes down to a lack of opportunities.

It’s a structural problem that needs to be put in context, looking at the social panorama of Spain.

Known in Alicante for her activism in gender issues, one of her goals is to push the central government to do more to address violence against women and raise the profile of women in government.

We talk about rights and equality and the constitution protects us,

said Bosaho.

But what happens with institutional representation or women in business? Why aren’t our voices being heard there?

Read the full story on guardian.com.

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