Cristina Alberdi was a highly skilled and non-sectarian Spanish professional, known for her excellent legal expertise and approachable working style. She was a person of great integrity, consistently upholding the principles she believed in.

As the first female member of the General Council of the Judiciary in Spain, she maintained a clear stance on equality, a position she continued to champion during her political career. As Minister of Social Affairs, she was a pioneer in introducing gender equality into European treaties.

In the early 1990s, while reforming the Maastricht Treaty through the European Women’s Lobby and the European Commission, Cristina, under the presidency of Felipe González’s government, took charge of these issues. This project, presented to various EU member states, ran parallel to the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing.

Cristina, her team, and the European women’s movement worked intensively to get the project adopted by different EU governments, which was ultimately reflected in the Amsterdam Treaty and later in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Her steadfast support was crucial in accomplishing this year-long task.

Cristina was a pioneer in the early stages of enacting national equality laws. She opposed the subsequent phase that deviated from true equality, aligning with those who believed in genuine gender equality. She remained deeply committed to these issues, even as president of the Advisory Council of the Observatory Against Gender Violence in Madrid. Her passing marks the loss of a great jurist, a dedicated socialist, and an exceptional woman.

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