Rita Gertrudis Bosaho Gori (born 21 May 1965) is an Equatorial Guinean-Spanish politician and activist member of Podemos, serving as Director-General for Equality of Treatment and Ethnic-racial Diversity in the Spanish Ministry of Equality since 2020. She was a member of the 11th and 12th terms of the Congress of Deputies.

Rita Bosaho
(Rita Bosaho) TRAS LAS CÁMARAS en el Ministerio de IGUALDAD (cropped).jpg
Director-General for Equality of Treatment and Ethnic-racial Diversity in the Ministry of Equality
Assumed office
January 31, 2020
Preceded byIgnacio Sola Barleycorn
Member of the Congress of Deputies
In office
13 January 2016 – 27 February 2019
ConstituencyAlicante
Personal details
Born (1965-05-21) 21 May 1965 (age 57)
Santa Isabel, Spanish Guinea, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Political partyPodemos
Alma materUniversity of Alicante
OccupationPolitician, activist, sanitary staff

BiographyEdit

Bosaho on 21 May 1965 in Santa Isabel (Malabo),[1][2] in the province of Fernando Poo, Spanish Guinea. Bosaho is the niece of Enrique Gori Molubela [es], a bubi member of the Francoist Cortes, representing the then Spanish colony of Fernando Poo, as well as president of the Fernando Poo's provincial deputation.[3][4]

Bosaho moved to Spain at the age of 4, living with military foster families in Cádiz and Cartagena before moving to Alicante.[5]

She holds a degree in history from the University of Alicante.[6] She worked as a nurse for 23 years in Alicante's general hospital.[7] She earned a Master in Identities and Integration in Contemporary Europe and is preparing a PhD dissertation on the impact of European colonization in Africa.[4] She has also undertook activist work in the field of human rights, focusing, in particular, on reducing violence against women.

A member of Podemos, Bosaho stood as candidate in the party list vis-à-vis the May 2015 Valencian regional elections,[5] failing to win a seat. In November 2015, Bosaho was selected as the lead candidate on the party list to the Congress of Deputies in Alicante for the December 2015 general election,[8] a decision which was disputed by opponents within the local branch.[6] As she earned a seat, she became Spain's first-ever black member of the Lower House.[7][9] She renovated her seat at the 2016 general election.

In January 2020, following the formation of the Sánchez II Government, Bosaho was appointed as Director-General for Equality of Treatment and Ethnic-racial Diversity of the Ministry of Equality led by Irene Montero.[10] She assumed the post on 31 January.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "XII Legislatura (2016-2019). Bosaho Gori, Rita Gertrudis". Congress of Deputies.
  2. ^ Juan, Miguel de (2016). "El papel de las ONG y de la sociedad ha suplido a veces la vergüenza del propio Estado" (PDF). Derecho. Red Acoge (3): 10.
  3. ^ Rita Bosaho, la lucha por la mujer llega de África al Congreso, El Mundo, 18 December 2015
  4. ^ a b "Rita Bosaho, mano derecha de Irene Montero, primera diputada afroespañola y sobrina de franquista". El Mundo. 21 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b Rita Bosaho: “Hay que cambiar la estructura del patriarcado”, El País, 24 December 2015
  6. ^ a b Los críticos de Podemos cuestionan a Bosaho como cabeza de lista, El Mundo, 9 November 2015
  7. ^ a b Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becomes Spain's first female black MP, The Guardian, 21 December 2015
  8. ^ Candidaturas presentadas para las elecciones al Congreso de los Diputados y al Senado, convocadas por Real Decreto 977/2015, de 26 de octubre
  9. ^ Pablo Iglesias mete a uno de los suyos como 'cunero' en Alicante, El Mundo, 21 May 2016
  10. ^ La elegida para encabezar la Dirección de Igualdad de Trato y Diversidad étnico-racial renuncia para evitar el malestar de colectivos antirracistas in eldiario.es (in Spanish)
  11. ^ EFE. "El equipo del Ministerio de Igualdad promete construir un país "verdadera feminista" al tomar posesión". eldiario.es. Retrieved 2020-01-31.