In Memory of Carmen Chacón

(13 March 1971 – 09 April 2017)

The Socialist International Women was deeply saddened to receive the news of the death of Carmen Chacón on 09 April 2017 at the age of 46 years. Carmen Chacón Piqueras was an extraordinary socialist, a great mother and a reference in politics for many men and women in her country.

Born in Catalonia, from a very young age Carmen showed her passion for defending socialist ideals and over the years she became a very important figure in the political field. She joined the PSC and PSOE when she was a law student, becoming elected councillor in her hometown of Esplugues de Llobregat, later serving as a Member of Parliament for Barcelona for five periods, from 2000 to 2016, and Vice-President of the Congress of Deputies. During the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was Minister of Housing in 2007 and a year later, seven months pregnant, broke barriers to be the first female Minister of Spanish defence between 2008 and 2011 and marked a time for women with her strength, courage, dedication and work. In 2012 was also the first woman to appear as candidate to Secretary General of PSOE, election that she lost by a narrow margin. Between 2014 and 2016 she was Secretary of International Relations of PSOE.

She suffered from a congenital heart disease from birth, but this did not prevent her from living a full life and dedicating herself to politics and defending her ideals with passion and dedication.

Carmen will be missed immensely but leaves behind an outstanding political trajectory and a legacy of professionalism and dedication that will serve as an example for future generations.





Gender equality and sustainable development: how to empower women and girls to have access to public services

11 March 2019

63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, from 11 to 22 March 2019

Side Event hosted by the Socialist International Women(SIW) and Pablo Iglesias Foundation

International Women's Day Declaration

08 March 2019

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an opportunity to honour and celebrate all women and girls around the world for their invaluable contribution to their families and communities...

Council Meeting

25 and 26 January 2019

Social Protection Systems, Access to Public Services and Sustainable Infrastructure for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls

Season's Greeting!

December 2018

Wishing peace and equality for 2019

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2018

The Socialist International Women (SIW) honours the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women...

Women on the Move - Gender Perspective of Migration Flows and Geopolitical Responses

25 and 26 October 2018

Event organised by Socialist International Women (SIW), PES Women, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and IEV

Nobel Peace Prize 2018

05 October 2018

The Socialist International Women (SIW) would like to warmly congratulate the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad on winning the 2018 Nobel peace prize for their work on combating sexual violence...

Obituary - Maria Jonas

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Coucil Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 28 and 29 June 2018

For a World 50-50 in 2030 – The Great Challenges

Socialist International Women denounces brutal attacks on Palestinian demonstrators

17 May 2018

The Socialist International Women strongly denounces the use of lethal fire by Israeli military forces against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza on Sunday 14 May 2018...


The First Hundred Years

A Short History of Socialist International Women

By Irmtraut Karlsson

This book tells the history of the first one hundred years of the Socialist International Women