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Spain’s first parliamentarian with Down syndrome. "It’s unprecedented"

Spain’s first parliamentarian with Down syndrome. "It’s unprecedented"

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Konrad SiwikKonrad Siwik,18.01.2024 14:00

Mar Galcerán has become Europe's first parliamentarian with Down Syndrome, marking a milestone moment for Spain. Galcerán is committed to breaking down barriers for people with disabilities.

Mar Galcerán has dedicated her adult life to politics. She began her political career at the age of 18 by joining the Spanish People's Party and worked her way up the ranks. She worked as a civil servant for over twenty years, gaining valuable experience and insight into the world of politics. Her persistence finally paid off, and she was able to achieve her goals.

Milestone moment for Spain

Last May, Galcerán was a People's Party candidate for regional elections in Valencia, Spain. Soon after, Mar won a seat in the regional parliament, Corts Valencianes.

It’s unprecedented. Society is starting to see that people with Down’s syndrome have a lot to contribute. But it’s a very long road

- said Galcerán in an interview with The Guardian.

The Guardian reports that Galcerán may be the first in Europe to join a regional or national parliament, according to Spain’s Down syndrome federation. "We haven't heard of anyone else," - Agustín Matía Amor of Down España said. " It’s a huge step forward and an example of real inclusion."

Mar Galcerán is a symbol of progress in social inclusion and proof that determination and commitment can bring about significant change. Her story is an inspiration not only to people with Down syndrome but also to all who believe in equality and openness in politics.

Source: The Guardian

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