Gibraltar's first female Acting Chief Minister takes the helm

Samantha Sacramento.
Samantha Sacramento. / SUR
  • The Rock also paid tribute to its all-girl team for reaching the CyberCenturion finals

There was a definite feminine focus in Gibraltar to mark International Women's Day, especially as a woman was appointed Acting Chief Minister for the first time while chief minister Fabian Picardo and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia were in London for Brexit talks.

Fittingly, Samantha Sacramento, who is the only female government minister in Gibraltar, is the minister of Equality.

Announcing that she would be at the helm while he and Dr Garcia were away, Mr Picardo tweeted “Today, Gibraltar has a woman chief minister acting in my absence. Soon, I hope we will have a woman chief minister full stop.”

In a statement issued for International Women's Day, Ms Sacramento said “we must consider the challenges that still lie ahead for women and how we can each contribute to a more inclusive and gender equal society.”

Yesterday morning the Gibraltar Women's Association held an event in the city centre in conjunction with the Gibraltar Samaritans, and the Tower of Homage was lit up at night with the 'Girls in Tech' logo to mark Gibraltar's all-girl team's success in reaching the finals of the CyberCenturion competition.