This Woman Has Become Spain’s First Lawmaker With Down Syndrome

Mar Galcerán said she wanst people to see her as a person, not just for her disability.

This Woman Has Become Spain’s First Lawmaker With Down Syndrome

A 45-year-old woman has become Spain’s first lawmaker with Down syndrome.

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Mar Galcerán became a member of the regional parliament in Valencia in September 2023.

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The 45-year-old started her political career when she was 18, becoming a member of the conservative People’s Party, after being attracted to what she described as its “embrace of tradition.”

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For nearly 20 years, she worked as a civil servant in Valencia, where she pushed for inclusive policies.

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She then climbed the ranks and was placed in the 20th position on the PP’s list of candidates for the regional elections in Valencia last May.

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Galcerán also led a local group that supports families who have children with Down syndrome.

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In an interview with the Guardian, she said that people with Down’s syndrome have a lot to contribute to society and she wants to break down prejudices.

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“I want people to see me as a person, not just for my disability”, Galcerán said.

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