The president of the National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC), Cani Fernández, lamented this Tuesday the lack of women in a forum on gas organized by the Spanish Gas Association (Sedigas). “Preparing my speech, I reviewed today’s program [por este martes]a very interesting and very timely program (…), if I can make a small recommendation for next year, that it be a little more diverse, lest they think that what is fossil here is not just gas Let’s see if with that we can make it a little more diverse in terms of female talent, which the sector has, and a lot”, Fernández has disfigured.
Among the five debate tables and the conferences proposed within the framework of the annual Sedigas meeting, according to the event’s own agenda, a total of 17 speakers participated, of which only two were women. To this must be added the participation of the president of the CNMC herself, in charge of the closing speech of the day, and the Secretary of State for Energy, Sara Aagesen, who spoke at the opening of the meeting.
The president of Sedigas, Joan Batalla, intervened after Fernández’s speech and did not allude to the subject. In this sense, it should be remembered that the general secretary of Sedigas is Naiara Ortiz, who participated in a press conference together with Batalla before the start of the day, but in the same framework of the meeting.
The reproach of the president of the CNMC for the lack of women in this forum is reminiscent of the refusal that the first vice president of the Government and Minister of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, carried out this month to pose for a photo at a meeting on business leadership due to the absence of women.
“Women not only have to be there, we have to be seen and heard, and whenever I have had the opportunity I have influenced and tried to improve the visibility of women at the national level, but also in events and forums. international”, Calviño said about that situation. As Calviño explained, what happened was not “an isolated gesture”, but is part of “a deeply feminist conviction” that, as he assured, he has been displaying throughout her career.
He knows in depth all the sides of the coin.