Although feminism is experiencing moments of great vitality, and female leadership is perhaps more visible than ever, the conquest of certain relevant positions both in the world of politics and in the world of economy or culture is a slow road not without difficulties for women. However, more and more women are occupying relevant positions, as is the case of the three ambassadors who share the stage in this event that addresses the adversities that women still have to overcome to reach positions of responsibility, and the way in which they exercise the diplomatic representation of their respective countries.
They are Carolina Barco, Colombian ambassador to Spain. Prior to joining the diplomatic corps, she worked on urban planning projects. Between 2002 and 2006 she was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia and between 2006 and 2010, ambassador to the United States.
Sile Maguire, Ireland's ambassador to Spain, presented her credentials to the Head of State in 2017. She has also been head of Protocol at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Karima Benyaich is the first woman to hold the top role at the Moroccan Embassy in Spain. She was previously her country's ambassador to Portugal and has also held relevant positions in the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Three of the most engaging writers in Europe: Edurne Portela (Spain) author of Mejor la Ausencia, awarded the 2018 Prize for Best Fiction Book of the Year by the Madrid Bookshops Guild and Formas de estar lejos; Janne Teller (Denmark) author of the modern Nordic saga Odin’s Island, where she discusses political and religious fanaticism, or the existential Nothing, initially censored and considered today a classic by many critics; Karolina Ramqvist (Sweden) one of the most influential writers and feminists of her generation, who tackles issues such as sexuality, commercialisation and isolation, author of The White City. All three take part in the Hay Festival Europa28 project and anthology, which brings together 28 women writers, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, one from each EU country, to convey their visions of the future of Europe through fiction or essay capturing a multidisciplinary snapshot of several of today's most interesting minds. They speak with the writer and journalist Giles Tremlett. Furthermore, the city of Rijeka in Croatia, European Capital of Culture 2020, will host an edition of the Hay Festival in Rijeka from October 5 to 9, 2020 with these 28 outstanding authors.
“The scale of vision (of the anthology) is ambitious, looking far back in history and across vast territories. Compassion and a plea for peaceful co-existence are the common themes in a bright celebration of unity in difference.” THE GUARDIAN
Karolina Ramqvist will participate live by videoconference, while Janne Teller, Edurne Portela and Giles Tremlett will be on stage
Photography of Edurne Portela: © Daniel Mordzinski
Photography of Janne Teller: © Schiffer-Fuchs
Photography of Karolina Ramqvist: © Jasmine Storch
Photography of Giles Tremlett: © EFE