the posts you have held, what has been the most challenging for you?
I think that the positions I have had in the civil service, whether in the Misericórdia de Lisboa, where I was deputy director, or in the Portuguese Oncology Institute ? IPO of Lisbon, which teaches us to have the right priorities in life, were, in terms of realisation, very important. The health portfolio was very stimulating. They were four years of financial difficulties in which major changes were introduced in the organisation. My Equality post also allowed me to make a new level of political tension, which until then was seen with prejudice, from a political, economic and social point of view. The most improbable and most prestigious post was when I was president of the World Health Assembly.
you were elected chair of the Socialist Party. What was it like in this post?
It was a great honour, obviously. When there are changes it's good to change the high-raking posts too. I don't advocate that people should consider their posts as theirs. We occupy transitory positions. This stance is fundamental for us to be able to perform well and to stop when the time comes.
believe that your contribution during your time as chair of the PS was
It was very positive! Firstly for the fact that the PS, for so long, has fought to be one of the first parties to include, in its internal structures, the issue of gender equality. It was the first party to present a government proposal for the participation of women in political life. I have always been a face of the PS, whether as minister for equality, or as an MP. A post that the PS party considered should be represented by a woman, which in this case was me.
«If we carry on down this path, I don't see any future for us»